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New  York  State  Electric  &  Gas 

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Philips  Lighting  B.V. 

Public  Service  Electric  and  Gas  Company 

RCA  Corporation 

Robert  Bosch  GmbH 

Rochester  Gas  and  Electric  Corporation 

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Savannah  Electric  and  Power  Company 

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Texas  Utilities  Company 

Thomas  &  Betts  Corporation 

Thomson  Grand  Public 

Transamerica  Delava]  Inc. 

Westinghouse  Foundation 
Wisconsin  Public  Service  Corporation 

A  Note  on  the  Sources 

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Letterbook,  LB-079 

This  letterbook  covers  the  period  January-May  1909.  Most  of  the 
correspondence  is  by  Edison,  Harry  F.  Miller,  and  George  A.  Meister.  Many  of 
the  letters  pertain  to  laboratory  work  and  supplies  and  to  Edison's  accounts  with 
the  Edison  Portland  Cement  Co.  and  J.P.  Morgan  &  Co.  Numerous  letters  defer 
business  for  the  duration  of  Edison's  vacation  in  Fort  Myers,  Florida.  In  addition, 
there  is  correspondence  involving  the  iron  ore  concentration  plant  in  the 
Dunderland  region  of  Norway;  improvements  in  Edison’s  alkaline  storage 
battery;  and  the  manufacture  of  batteries  by  Sigmund  Bergmann  in  Berlin, 
Germany.  Several  letters  detail  ongoing  progress  in  the  development  of  Edison’s 
concrete  house.  Included  is  a  letter  in  which  Harry  F.  Miller  calculates  the 
expected  cost  of  a  six-room  house,  as  well  as  a  letter  in  which  Edison  explains 
how  affordable  housing  can  function  as  a  means  of  social  uplift  for  the  working 
class.  There  is  also  a  letter  to  Horace  F.  Parshall  in  which  Edison  describes  a 
storage  battery  being  produced  for  use  in  a  General  Electric  Co.  streetcar. 
Among  the  items  relating  to  personal  matters  are  letters  regarding  Edison’s 
family,  health,  finances,  and  charitable  donations.  Also  included  is  a  letter  to 
William  J.  Dealy  in  which  Edison  reminisces  about  his  days  as  a  telegraph 
operator  in  Memphis,  Tennessee. 

The  label  on  the  front  cover  contains  the  following  notation:  "Thomas  A 
Edison  Personal  From  Jan  1 5th  1 909  To  May  5th  1 909.”  There  is  an  inscription 
on  the  spine  with  similar  information.  The  book  contains  701  numbered  pages 
and  an  index.  Approximately  10  percent  of  the  book  has  been  selected. 

Jan.  18th  09 

My  dear  Mr.  Dealy, 

Case  Sholes  and  also  Korty  were  in  the 
Memphis  office  at  the  same  time  I  was  there,  they  are 
both  on  the  list  of  Military  Operators.  All  that  1  can 
remember  is  that  there  were  two  wires  and  about  eight 
operators,  that  Somerville  who  afterward  became  connected 
with  the  Associated  Press  in  Mew  York  waa  the  Government 
Superintendent  of  Telegraph,  that  I  got  rations  and  sold 
them  for  seven  dollars  per  month  and  that  the  manager 
of  the  office  got  flirting  with  the  Cash  and  was  caBt  into 
a  Military  Prison. 

There  7/as  a  Keno  game  in  the  Baptist 
Church  and  the  whole  town  was  only  13  miles  from  Hell;  so 
if  I  was  not  a  Military  Telegrapher  Operator  I  waa  pretty 
close  thereto. 

Yours  very  truly,  . 

Mr.  W.  J.  Mealy. 

TJ.  Tel.  Co., 

198  Broadway, 

Mew  York  City. 



18th  09. 

Edison  Ore-Milling  Syndicate  Ltd., 

J.  Hall,  Junior,  Esq.,  Secretary, 

Pitzalsn  House,  Arundel  Street, 
London,  w.  c.  England. 

Dear  Sir: 

I  reiterate  my  previous  statement  that  I  have 
never  received  information  from  any  source ,  especially  the 
technical  position  to  make  my  opinion  any  value  regarding 
deslreability  of  dropping  certain  patents.  Mr.  Dick 
represented  his  own  interest  in  the  Company,  and  he  has 
never  given  me  one  scrap  of  Information  as  to  the  progress 
of  the  Dunderlana  project,  or  the  Syndicates  affaire. 

I  therefor  decline  to  give  any  opinion  on  the 
subject  of  the  patents  as  per  your  letter  of  the  4th  instant. 

Youtb  very  truly, 

Jan.  19th  09. 

The  Diamond  Drill  Carbon  Co., 

Bridge  Arch  17  ( krankf ort  St . ) , 

Kew  York  City. 

Dear  Sirs: 

Yours  of  the  loth  instant  regarding  black 
diamonds  received.  Mr.  'Edison  directs  me  to  write  you  that 
he  has  had  such  bad  luck  with  diamonds  for  drilling  that  he 
no  longer  uses  them.  We  can  do  just  as  well  with  a  Keystone 
drill  and  core  extractor  at  one  third  the  cost. 

Yours  very  truly, 



Arthur  Williams,  Boq. , 

55  Duane  Street, 

New  York  City. 

Dear  Sir: 

Your,  or  the  14th  instant  relative  to  a  riot  to 
th.  Laboratory  by  his.  Ana.  *■"  MlB“ 

diroot.  ..  to  writ.  you  that  Klee  Bow  °*»  «“•  *» 
time,  but  it  would  bo  advl.ablo  for  you  to  call  up  on  the 
phone  on  th.  day  .ho  prop....  to  com.  ov.r  to  «1»  .nr. 

that  Mr-  Edison  is  here.  / '  • 

Yours  very  truly ,  . 


Jan.  25tli  09 



I  leave  for  Florida  on  February  fifteenth, 



Brentanon , 

5th  A ye.  &  27th  St., 

.  Hew  York  City. 

Jan.  26th  190- 

Deal'  Sira: 

Will  you  kindly  ship  to  Mr.  Thos. 
Port  Myero,  Florida  the  following  booku: 

"Safari"  by  Chapman 

A..  Edison, 

"Good  Health  and  How  We  Won  It"  by  Upt 
"American  Tropics"  by  Corlett 

"The  Soil"  by  Hall 

,on  Sinclair 

Also  send  to  me  at  Orange,  New  Jersey  your 

catalog  of  books. 




Edison  Portland  Cement  Co., 

E.  S.  Bixler  Cashier, 

Stewartsville,  No  J. 

Jan  21st,  09 o 

Dear  Sir:  £- 

We  have  yours  of  the  20th  inst»,  and  cb"^  for  §10*8" 
for  pay-roll  was  handed  to  Mr.  Mallory  on  the  20th  inst. 

Yours  very  truly, 


Jai.  22nd,  09 


Jan.  28th  09, 

Edition  Portland  Cement  Co., 

W.  K.  Mason,  Esq.,  Sup’t., 

Stewartsville ,  Hew  Jeraey. 

Pear  Sir; 

We  are  shipping  you  to  day  by  freight  the 
36  inch  stretched  belt.  Will  you  kindly  notify  me  .on 
arrival  of  belt  at  the  plant  as  Mr.  Edison  wants  Greenley 
to  go  to  the  works  as  soon  as  belt  reaches  there,  and 
make  some  testB  on  Bame. 

Yours  very  truly, 

^  SU*.  Q.Jfljsgifiate.  • 

Ass't  Secretary. 


February  1st  09 

Wiaon  Portland  Cement  Co., 

1?.  H.  Mallory,  Esq.,  V.  P. 

Stewart sville ,  Hew  Jersey. 

Dear  Sir: 

Have  checked  up  -the  list  of  note*  enclose  with 
youro  of  the  29th  nit.  and  find  the  following  difference. 

Ton  do  not  charge  us  with  note  of  October  JOth  1908  due 
Tohruary  28th  1909  for  #10,000.00;  otherwiee  the  liet  is 
correct  and  I  enclose  same  herewith.  Hr.  Edison  says  the 
notea-  should  he  for  three  years,  but  they  are  to  be  paid 
sooner  if  the  Company  can  do  so . 

1  have  sent  the  papers  to  Mr.  Dyer  for  an 
agreement  to  be  gotten  out  covering  this  point. 

Tours  very  truly, 

Jan.  «9th  09, 

Jan.  ®*'th  09 

Luigi  Solarl ,  Esq.,  Pres* , 

Camera  di  Commercio  Italians., 

203  Broadway,  Hew  York  City. 

Dear  Sir: 

Yours  of  the  28th  instant  requesting  some 
circular  letters  relating  to  the  concrete  houaee 
received •  Enclosed  herewith  find  one  dozen  of  these 
circulars.  Mr.  Edison  directs  me  to  say  that  re-inforced 
concrete  waB  the  only  building  that  withstood  the  San 
Francisco  earthquake  and  the  Baltimore  fire. 

Yours  very  truly. 


Geo.  H,  fcosetoan,  Esq., 

176  Sea^ra!.  Street, 

Boston,  Mass. 

feow  Sir: 

Yours  of  the  2nd  instant  regarding  ■Storage 
bfctteriea  for  automobile  ignition  received.  Ur.  Jaieon 
■4J»«pta  me  to  write  you  that  the  battery  ^  reaay 


Youtb  vary  tra&y , 


Shipping  Illustrated  Co., 

116  Produce  Exchange , 

Mew  York  City. 

Dear  Sirs : 

Yours  of  the  30th  ult.  received  and  in  reply 
I  beg  to  state  that  I  understand  that  with  the  submerged 
bell,  when  worked  by  experts,  that  a  vessel  can  be 
located  almost  exactly  in  a  ten  mile  area.  To  do  it 
electrically  over  a  greater  area  you  will  have  to 
correspond  with  Marconi,  who  seems  to  be  able  to  do 
anything  reasonable  in  this  line. 

Yours  very  truly, 


?>bru*ry  3^-d  09 

Surtan  iRlllaM,  Saq., 

J1*  bi  ^g,  J( 

BurJ^ijgfQo,,  VffV  ferjiey* 

Dtt**  Si*-: 

Mr.  EUbqh  directs  job  to  gypA  ypy  a  for 

*K»  ■W  Ttolob.  X  flttClWiQ  herewith  to  h$ty  ypu  dprray 
91Qm**t  -on  §o.coOat  of  you?  tffOOM  tUftW* 

Y©y*i|  VAry  -tnfly. 


Feb.  4t&  19Q9. 

***■«  Portland  Cement  Co’ , 

®.  Kiefer,  Esq.,  Chemist, 

atewanaTiiie,  yew  Jewsey. 

Iiear  air: 

^Mriog  to  your.  „r  th,  30th  ^  n 

**  “  **  ™  ~  xr  *»»*»  or  »«t 

Your  3  very  truly. 

Secretary.,  / 

■}} i  , ■  *  fff 'If "  * ^f^T’  ■  * : 

▼.  H.  Mullins  Co. , 

340  Franklin  St . , 

Salem,  Ohio. 

Dear  Sira: 

Will  you  kindly  send  to  »e  at  Orange  your 
catalog  of  cornices  etc-  as  advertised  in  the  Architectural 
Record  and  greatly  oblige, 

Tours  very  truly. 

She  Brkins  Studios, 

305  Madison  Aye.  , 

Hew  York  City* 

pear  Sira: 

▼All  you  kindly  mail  to  me  at  Orange  your 
catalog  of  classical  mo dele  a*  advertised  in  the 
Architectural  Record  and  greatly  oblige. 

I’e'b.  5th  09. 

Edison  Portland  Cement  Co., 

H.  B.  Kiefer,  Esq.,  Chemist, 

-Stewar tsvill  e ,  Eew  Jersey, 

Dear  Sir: 

Jfr.  Udiaon  ha.  give.»otlo».  „t  (> 
05  '"*■  “  “  o»  «a«™.  i.  „«  rlm\ 

Yours  very  truly. 


Secretary.  1 


Burton  Willard,  Esq., 

B.  P.  D.  Eo.  3, 

Burlington,  E.  J, 

EnoloBad  herewith  find  Eew  York  draft  for  $439.62 
to  the  order  of  J.  T.  Severn  Sons  &  Co.  covering  their 
account  against  you.  Will  you  kindly  turn  this  over  to  them 
taking  their  receipt  for  same  and  forwarding  this  to  u. 

and  .oblige, 

Ybu xs  very  tmly, 


Secretary*  / 


Feb.  5 tii  1909. 

J .  H.  Wopd,  Eeq. , 

59  Cortlandt  St,, 

Kew  York  City. 

Dear  Sir: 

In  looking  over  Mrs.  Edison's  policies  I  find 
that  you  have  furniture  at  the  house  insured  for  $97,500.00 
and  the  dwelling  at  $102,500.00,  whereas  it  is  supposed  to  be 
$100,000.00j^Will  you  kindly  straighten  this  out  and  oblige, 
Ypurs  very  truly, 




Pet.  5th  09. 

Feb.  5th  09, 

louig  A.  Scholz,  0sq. , 

care  Consolidated  Ice  Co., 

Market  Square ,  Boanoke ,  Va» 

T*  Dear  Sir : 

Yours  of  the  3rd  instant  regarding  the  doing 
away  with  the  use  of  powder  in  coal  mines  received.  Mr. 

Bdiaon  directs  me  to  write  you  that,  he  thinks  the  only  safe 
way  to  work  coal  mines  is  to  do  away  with  all  explosives 
and  fire.  In  Austria  coal  is  gotten  loose  by  filling  holes 
With  burnt  lime.,  then  water  is  added,  the  lime  slacks  and 
swells  enormously  and  brings  the  coal  loose. 

A  first  class  bright  engineer  should  be  able 
to  devise  mechanical  means  to  work  the  coal  loose,  for 
instance  t»y  hydraulic  press  on  the  holeB. 

Seoretaay.  / 

Yours  very  truly. 

Y-evra  of  the  eth  instant  regarding  roller 
'bearings  for  the  trolley  oar  reeaireh.  Ur.  Mis  on 
•diTects  me  to  write  you  that  he  has  mo  objection  to  you 
trying  out  the  roller  hearings . 


r!M*  1-: 

*tb.  J.  T.  Cooper. 

Alamogordo,  New  Mexico. 

Dear  Madam: 

Your  letter  of  recent  date  received.  Mr.  Edison 
direct*  me  to  write  you  that  If  some  simple  contrivance 
could  he  obtained  to  get  drinking  water  from  sea  water,  it 
would  bB  good  in.  a  ship -wreck.  They  now  distill  hy  beat 
«ea  water  on  steamers  to  get  water  for  bdllere  and 
drinking ;  but  in  case  of  a  chip-wreck  this  would  not  avail 
a.  man  dinging  to  a  spar  or  wreckage . 

To  help  you  along  I  enclose  herewith  Ur  •  Edison'* 
cW-pV  for  #20.00,  which  he  directs  mo  to  sand  you* 

Your*  very  truly, 


,-wpan"^  <5*"' 

Frederick  A.  Wells ,  Esq* , 
26  Court  Street 

Dear  Sir: 

Brooklyn*  2T.  Y. 

Vours  of  the  5th  instant  regarding  the  concrete 
hpuae  received.  In  answer  to  your  questions  Hr.  Edison 
directs  me  to  write  you  the  following: 

*  The  moulds  will  he  ready'  some  time  thi«  coming 
summer  and  that  sir  sets  of  moulds,  all  alike,  will  by 
changes  give  several  variations  to  the  house-  Coat  or  one 
set  of  moulds  Will  he  about  $25,000.00  House  to  he  oast  for 
single  family--  Caller,  six  rooms  and  bath.  House  will 
ooBt  from  41000.00  to  $1200.00  eaoh,  according  to 
locality*  if  six  sets  of  moulds  are  used  with  the  pouring 
machinery.  -This  will  build  24  houBSB  per  month,  you  see  it 
requires  large  capital  to  buiia  cheaply." 

If  you  want  fuller  information  you  better  come 

over  to  the  Laboratory  and  see  oUr  enginears,  Messrs. 
Harms  &  Small.  Mr.  Edison  does  not  intend  going  into  the 
business  commercially,  but  only  prove  the  idea. 

3>r.  J.  h.  Bxadshav, 

2*1  High  Street, 

■Orange,  S.  J . 

Dear  Sir: 

Replying  to  -yours  of  the  5th  instant  1  "beg  to 
return  herewith  the  bin  a  -enclosed  therein  and  would 
**y  'that  the  hill  of  the  Edison  Storage  Battery  Co.  for 
♦X7-42  -has  been  paid-  This  represents  parte  only  that  -were 
uped  on  your  machine.  33m  bill  of  the  laboratory  for 
#19  ,$%  represents  labor  only  on  your  jaachine.  *>n«  latter 
bill  has  -not  been  paid. 

Hoping  thle  information  1*  satisfactory,  I  am. 
Yours  very  truly, 

-Secretary.  / 

S-  S.  She  ottehlhe  required  a  thorough  overhauling  which 
we  burnished. 

Enclosed  find  the  three  checkB  mentioned  in 
youra  of  Saturday  to  Mr.  Dyer.  Mr.  Edison  directa  me  to 
deduct  $10.00  instead  of  $15.00  per  •week,  which  1  will 
do  commencing  March  lBt. 

Yours  very  truly* 


To  W»  1.  Edison,  Esq., 

Hotel  Irving, 




Stanley  X.  Qedney,  Ebij., 

East  Orange,  If.  J. 

Dear  Sir: 

Peplying  to  youre  ot  the  6th  Instant,  Hr. 

Edison  would  like  you  to  aacertain  for  Mm  the  value 
of  -the  Company  and  the  prospects  of  the  stock  of  the 
Eorth  American  Transportation  and  Trading  Co.,  of  which 
he  holds  some  stook. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Tvi  - 




Peb.  11,  1909. 

Deutsche  Edison  Akkumulatoren  Co., 

Drontheiinerstr .  35-38, 

Berlin,  If.,  Germany . 


Your  favor  of  January  25,  1909,  is  received,  and  under 
the  circumstances  I  hereby  consent  to  the  following  temporary  modi¬ 
fications  of  the  conditions  of  our  contract  dated  September  28,  1905: 

Pirst.  During  the  period  from  March  1,  1909,  until  six 
months  after  the  date  on  which  my  American  company  (Edison  Storage 
Battery  Co.)  commences  the  commercial  manufacture  of  the  new  type 
"A"  battery  with  tube  cells,  payment  of  royalties  under  the  contract 
is  waived,  but'  immediately  upon  the  conclusion  of  such  period, 
royalties  shall  be  payable  on  batterioB  thereafter  manufactured, 
as  provided  in  the  contract.  I  will  duly  advise  you  in  writing 
when  actual  manufacture  of  nev;  batteries  is  commenced  commercially 
by  the  Edison  Storage  Battery  Co.  This  temporary  waiver  of  royalty 
payments  is  nude  upon  the  express  condition  that  you  arc  to  immedi¬ 
ately  proceed  with  the  construction  of  the  necessary  devices  and 
machinery  to  manufacture  the  new  "A"  type  tube  cell,  in  order  that 
it  may  be  put  out  as  soon  as  possible,  as  I  am  now  satisfied  with 

Second.  During  the  period  in  which  you  are  preparing  the 
necessary  special  tools  for  manufacturing  the  new  type  "A"  battery 
and  in  which  your  general,  machinery  is  not  occupied,  I  consent 



a  further  modification  of  our  contract  to  the  extent  tha-h  you  may 
manufacture,  for  the  account  of  the  Bergmann  Electric  W.'rks,  Buch 
apparatus,  part3  or  devioeB  for  which  your  machinery  may  be  shunted, 
but  it  is  to  be  expressly  understood  that  such  manufactured  product, e 
are  not  to  be  publicly  sold  by  the  Deutsche  Edison  Akkuraulatoren 
Co.,  and  tho  fact  that  such  products  are  manufactured  by  the 
Deutsche  Edison  Akkumulatoren  Co.  is  not  to  be  publicly  adver¬ 
tised  or  announced.  Thin  pernio oi on  is  also  subject  to  the  express 
condition  that  the  manufacture  of  such  other  apparatus,  parts  or 
devices  Bhall  be  discontinued  at  the  end  of.  six  months  from  the  date 
when  the  new  type  "A"  battery  is  fir  on  commercially  manufactured  by 
the  Edison  Storage  Battery  co.  (the  American  company),-  In' other - 
words,  the  distinct  understanding  is  that  six  months  from  the  date 
the  new, type  "A"  battery  is  first  made  by  the  Edison  Storage 
Battery  Co.  (the  American,  company) ,  all  of  the  terms  and  conditions 
of  the  contract  of  September  28,  1905,  shall  again  go  into  full 
force  and  effect. 

S’e'b.  16th  09. 



The  bearer  Mr.  Howard  C.  Stephens 
has  been  employed  by  me  for  about  one  year.  He  leaves 
because  he  could  not  get  along  with  some  of  my  men. 


Pet.  18th  09, 

Mr.  G.  Stanley  lee, 

Northampton,  Maas. 

Dear  Sir: 

Yours  of  the  12th  instant  regarding  your  hook, 
"Inspired  Millionaires"  received,  alee  the  hook  came  duly 
to  hand.  Mr.  Edison  directs  me  to  write  you  that  he  intends 
licensing  reputable  companies  to  go  Into  the  matter  of 
erecting  flower  towns  with  the  new  scheme,  restricting  them  as 
to  profits.  What  he  is  trying  to  do  is  to  permit  the  common 
laborer  to  get  out  of  the  tenement  and  live  in  a  beautiful 
house  along  the  trolley  amid  trees  and  flowers  at  the  same 
rent  he  now  pays,  including  trolley  fare}  and  with  a  small 
extra  payment  give  him  a  chance  to  own  the  house  in  time.  This 
he  conceives,  will  start  him  thinking  and  raise  him  up 
quicker  than  factory  schemes  and  make  him  less  bitter. 

His  experience  has  been  that  factory  schemes  to 
better  mens  conditiojOTeen libraries  are 
failures  and  higher  education^  th?  Inboring  man  very 
little  good.  The  only  way  you  can  put  ambition  in  the  laboring 
man  is  to  place  within  his  means  a  fine  home. 

"Yours  very  truly,  ,  // 

.  S.  Carhart,  Esq. , 

Edison  Portland  Cement  Co., 

Stewartsville ,  Hew  Jersey. 

Replying  to  yours  of  th$  11th  instant  1  teg  to 
state  that  I  have  to-day  forwarded  a  bill  to  Mr.  Scandell 
for  $160.00  for  160  cords  of  wood.  I  have  adviBed  him  that 
upon  receipt  of  his  check  for  this  amount,  I  would  take 
up  with  Mr.  Edison  the  question  of  whether  he  cared  to  renew  the 
lease  for  another  year. 

I  have  also  sent  John  Woolcock  check  for  his 
expenses  amounting  to  $12.24. 

In  regard  to  renewing  the  agreement  with  Scandell, 

Mr.  Edison  says  for  me  to  use  my  own  judgement.  I  thought 
it  best  before  tieing  up  with  Scandell  to  get  his  check  for 
the  amount  he  owes  now. 

Regarding  the  Seymour-Warden  tract  I  beg  to  state 
that  the  check  was  sent  to  E.  ¥.  Standard,  Brewsters, 

Hew  York;  and  also  check  to  George  Richert,  bo  this  matter 
is  settled  up  to  date. 

As  soon  as  I  have  a  reply  from  Mr.  Scandell  I 
will  communicate  with  you. 

’.'Yours  very  truly. 

John  Warmmaker,  Esq., 

Broadway  &  8th  St . , 

New  York  City. 

Dear  Sir: 

Feb .  19th  09. 

Replying  to  yours  of  the  17th  instant  regarding 
rssponBibilty  and  credit  standing  of  W.  D.  Edison 
received.  In  reply  I  beg  to  state  that  we  think  his 
credit  is  good  for  fifty  -dollars ,  and  we  would  have  no 
heSltency  in  trusting  him  to  that  amount. 

i  •'  /}■  ' 


Yours  very  truly, 

'Peh.  19th  09 


5th  Are .  &  27th  St., 

Hew  York  City. 

Deaf  Sira: 

Replying  to  yours  of  the  17th  instant  it  is 
our  desire  that  the  magazines  you  are  now  sending  to 
ICra.  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Llewellyn  Park,  WeBt  Orange,  be  sent 
■for  the  next  two  months  to  Mrs.  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Port 
Hyers,  Lee  County,  Florida.  Upon  their  return  from  the 
South  we  will  adviBe  you  to  again  send  them  to  West  Orange. 

Yours  very  truly. 



Edison  Portland  Cement  Co., 

W.  S.  -Mallory,  Esq.,  V.  B. 

St  o war t  svlli e ,  New  Jersey. 

Bear  Sir: 

Hep  lying  to  yours  of  the  19th  inBtant  regarding 
the  various  contracts  which  you  mention*  2  would  state 
'that  2  fohttdu  memorandum  in  Hr.  Randolph’*  paper®,  showing 
he  had  delivered  these  agreements  etc.  last  February 
to  Hr-  33yer,  hut  1  can  find  no  record  of  them  having  been 
returned.  2  Will  give  thin  inf ortnat ion  to  Hr.  dyer's 

and  they  -will,  -no  doubt  ,  make  a  search  Tor  them 
down  there . 

As  to  your  proposition  to  take  one  half  of  the 
contract  of  Page*®,  2'heg  to  state  that  $r-  3Bdi*on  aid  not 
mention  this  matter  ht  all,  before  he  went  away;  unless 
-he  did  so  to  Hr.  Sysr. 

Ytrure  very  truly, 

.  J{  "t  JiiMvv" 


Quo anchor o  Bridge  Celebration.^ 

»r.  V.  H.  WiliW,  Jr.,  Pre8. , 

52  JaokBCn  Ave.,  Long  Island  City,) 

Dear  Sir: 

Haplylng  to  your  Utter  of  the  24th  instant 
making  Mr.  Edison  to  become  a  member  of  a  committee  on 
the  Queenaboro  Bridge  Celebration  received.  Mr.  Edison  ia 
at  preaent  in  the  South  and  will  not  be  back  until  acme 
time  in  April.  It  will  therefor  be  ImposBible  to  do 
anything  in  the  matter  until  that  time. 

Yours  very  truly, 

<//*7  //ft 

Jh  Sj.  v’frAAua^- 


The  Delineator, 

Theo.  DraiBor,  Esq.,  Editor, 

Butterick  Building,  Dew  York. 

Dear  Sir : 

Youra  of  the  27th  ult.  asking  for  a  contribution 
for  the  Delineator  received.  J£r*  Edison  has  gone  South  for 
a  couple  of  months  and  does  not  wish  to  he  -disturbed. 

Yours  very  truly, 


Secretary.  / 

March  -4th  09, 

Mr.  A.  O.  Pettit, 

care  Edisonia  Co., 

Newark,  Mew  Jersey. 

Dear  Sir: 

Enclosed  .herewith  find  letters  frpn»  Pitt  and 
Spptt,  ltd.,  regarding  a  package  that  has  becpme  lost. 

Does  this  refer  to  the  picture  of  the  Honk?  Have  you  had 
any  infprmation  regarding  this  matter,  it  has  not  been 
found  up  here  as  yet. 

Yours  very  truly, 



March  8th  08. 

Cha*.  R.  Flint,  Esq., 

Broad-Exchange , 

tow  York  City. 

Bear  to.  Flint : 

Yours  of  the  56th.  ult.  regarding  the 
storage  battery  received.  to.  Edison  directs  me  to 
writs  you  that  if  the  batters'  ’was  hot  far  superior  to 
any  other  ho  certainly  Would  not  make  them.  th*y  are 
going  to  make  submarines  far  more  desirable . 

Wfc  are  making  a  few  storage  batteries  now.,  but  will 
j*ot  be  ready  to  manufacture  in  quantity  until  the 
middle  of  summer;  then  you  had  better  drop  over  and 
see  Hr.  Edison. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Secretary.  / 


March  9th  =09, 

Six*  Burton  Dillard, 

R.  S’.  3).  Bo.  3, 

Burlington,  B.  J. 

Un*r  Sir: 

Enclosed  herewith  find  Bow  York  draft  for  #131.20 
to  pay  the  carpenter  and  mason's  bill,  as  mentioned  las 
your  letter  of  March.  8th. 

With  beat  regards  to  yourBolf  and  your  husband , 

I  am, 

Youtb  very  truly,, 


March  16th  09 

A.  0.  Tetit,  Esq.  , 

ITew  &  Hals  ay  Sts. , 

Hevrark,  Hew  Jersey. 

Dear  Sir: 

This  is  to  advise  you  that  the  picture  of  the 
Monk  h*s  been  found  at  Mr.  Edison's  house  in  «ood  condition. 

Yours  very  truly. 



March  17th  09, 

Alfred  D.  Flinn,  Esq. , 

Engineer-Board  of  'Water  Supply, 

-299  Broadway,  Saw  York  City. 

Bear  Sir: 

Replying  to  yours  of  the  8th  instant  Mr.  Edison 
directa  me  to  thank  you  for  the  report  you  Bent  him,  and 
■ways  that  our  experiments  were  for  the  purpose  of  getting 
a  wix  that  would  taking  off  forms  quicker  than 

usual  and  get  good  strength.  We  use/more  water  you 
use  in  the  list  you  sent. 

Yours  very  truly, 



March  17th 

Thoe-  A.  Edison,  Esq., 

Port  Myers ,  Florida. 

Dear  Mr.  Edison: 

Enclosed  herewith  find  two  notes  to 
pay  the  January  account  of  the  Federal  Steel  Foundry  Co. 
for  material  supplied  the  United  States  Crushed 
Stone  Co.  and  the  Little  Falls  Crushed  Stone  Co.,  all 
of  which  is  in  accordance  with  terns.  Kin&ly  sign  and 
return  and  oblige, 

Yours  very  truly, 


X  \ 

March  20th  09. 

E.  E.  Parshall,  Esq.  , 

Salisbury  House, 

London  Wall, 

London, E.C.  England. 

Dear  Sir: 

Yours  of  the  1st  instant  regarding  battery 
was  forwarded  to  Mr.  Edison,  who  is  in  Elorida  and  the 
same  has  just  been  received  with  the  following: 

"Marshall - On  my  return  from  Elorida  in  April,  I  Bhall 

.probably  be  in  a  position  within  a  month  thereafter  to 
notify  Morgan  &  Co.  that  I  am  satisfied  with  the  battery 
and  they  can  go  ahead  if  they  so  desire. 

(Signed)  Edison. 


Yours  very  truly, 

March  20th  09, 

Barshall : 

I  do  not  remember  if  I  told  you  about  the  car  that 
is  being  made  by  Brill  and  the  General  Electric  Co.  to  go  on 
lirOBsiown  horse  car  line  in  Bow  York,  for  the  Third  Ave. 
railroad  receiver. 

It  ie  a  single  truok  car.  Batteries  under  seats.  The 
construction  is  different  for  the  purpose  of  lightening  it; 
it  has  trussed  frames  or  sills  and  internal  braces  and 
everything  lightened.  They  say  car  loaded  will  weigh 
eight  tons  with  battery.  Two  hundred  and  twenty  cells  are 
to  be  -used  and  250  volt  motors. 

The  General  Electric  engineers  are  going  to  use  five 
cells  of  battery  around  the  field,  which  acts  as  a  shunt 
wound  generator,  giving  current  back  to  battery  on -stopping. 
They  say  they  can  pump  back  0.  K,  at  a  speed  as  low  as 
2  3/4  miles  an  hour  and  guarantee  an  average  of  50  watts  per 
ton  mile . 

I  am  to  put  in  the  smallest  Bize  cell  of  the  new 
battery  that  I  make  which  is  called  A4;  Bout  nickel  plates 
five  iron,  it  gives  160  amperes  and  weighs  13  1/2  lbs. 
jb*y  .propose  to  charge  through  a  motor  generator  set  in 
Car  Barn.  This  will  give  about  100  miles  or  150  with  A6  cell. 
Itousr  I  can  do  my  part,  the  question  is  can  they  do  it  with 
50  watts;  I  see  no  reason  why  they  can't  with  regenerator 
ae  proposed.  ^ 


March  22nd  09. 

Dear  Mr.  Edison: 

The  enclosed  hill  is  for  a  sidewalk  in 
front  of  property  at  Silver  Lake  and  has  been  approved  by 
S.  V.  Miller.  As  the  sidewalk  is  an  improvement  to  the 
property  I  am  of  the  opinion  that'  it  should  be  paid  for 
by  you,  personally;  as  you  are  the  owner  of  the  property. 
You  have  the  privilege  of  paying  the  bill  in  ted  yearly 
installments  with  interest  at  per  year,  but  as  the 
method  would  add  considerably  to  the  coat  (at  least  30^) 
doz£r-t  you  think  it  should  be  paid  in  full?  If  so  please 
0.  K.  and  X  will  send  check. 

I  enclose  clipping  from 'Newark  Evening  News  with  the 
announcement  that  Cook  ■&  Genung  Co.  would  hfcndle  Edison 
Cement  in  Newark  and  vicinity. 

The  shipments  of  cement  this  month,  daily,  up  to  the 
19th  average  3382  barrels  .against  2400  barrelsj^etage 

for  the  month  of  March  190B. 

Yours  very  truly. 

fp  Thiq*  A.  Edison,  Es q., 

Sort  Myers,  Florida, 

Harch  22nd  09 

Chamber  of  Commerce 
Mr.  Chao. 

of  the  City  of  Hew  Tor*, 

T.  Qwynne ,  Abb  1 1  Secretary, 

Liberty  Street ,  Hew  York. 

Dear  Sir: 

Enclosed  herewith  find  letter  of  V.  J .  Hfonahan, 
which  accompanied  sample  of  sapphire  handed  to  the  writer 
some  time  ago.  Our  sapphire  man  tested  the  sample  and  found 
ipiejn  to  be  of  fair  to  good  quality,  but  too  small  to  be 
used  economically •  If  the  writer  of  the  latter  could  furnish 
BtoneB  of  larger  size,  they  probably  could  he  -used  to 

Yours  very  truly. 



March  24th  09 

p*  %gleston,  Esq., 

care  Thos.  A.  Edison, 

Fort  Myers,  Florida. 

Dear  Sir: 

I  beg  to  enclose  herewith  express  money  order 
“  per  your  request  of  the  20th  instant.  Money  order 
can  be  cashed  at  the  Southern  Express  Co.  office  or  at 
any  bank,  as  long  as  you  are  identified.  I  have  taEen  this 
money  out  of  your  salary  which  I  trust  is . satisfactory. 

Hoping  you  are  improving  in  health  and  are  having  a 
good  time,  I  am, 

Yours  very  truly, 

Secretary.  / 

eat  regards  from  the  bunch, 

April  5th.  09. 

Mrs.  E.  W.  Martin, 

422  St.  Hicholas  Ave . , 

Replying  to  yoursof  the  28th  ult . ,  I  regret 
to  say  that  owing  to  Mr.  Edison's  absence  in  Florida 
it  will  he  impossible  for  me  to  do  anything  for  you, 
as  I  have  no  authority  to  do  so.  However,  I  have  taken 
the  matter  up  with  Mr.  Dyer,  Mr.  Edison’s  counsel  and 
he  tells  me  to- write  you  that  it  is  very  possible  that 
the  Edison  Manufacturing  Co.  can  give  your  daughter 
a  position.  -7ou' should  therefor  call  on  the  Edison 
Manufacturing  Co.  at  41  East  21st  St.  and  ask  for  Mr. 
Plimpton,  who  will  be  there  Tuesday,  April  6th  between 
four  and- five  o'clock  and  he  will  see  what  he  can  do 
her.  He  may  be  a  little  late  in  getting  to  the  office, 
hut  if  she  will  wait  for  him  he  will  surely  be  there. 

Yours  very  truly, 


April  5th  09, 

American  Paper  &  Pulp  Ass'n, 

50  Church  Street,  Hew  York. 


Will  you  please  latvus  know  what  progress 
is  being  made  in  the  matter  of  American  paper  like 
sample  sent  you  on  March  6th  last. 

Your  favor  dated , March . 9th  mentions  that 
information  would  he  given  upon  receipt  of  our  reply. 

We  believe  the  maker  of  such  paper  would  eventually 
realize  considerable  importance. 

Yours  very  truly, , 

Edison  Laboratory. 



Hr.  R.  H.  Beach, 

42  Broadway, 

Bow  York. 

Dear  Sir: 

Enclosed  herewith  find  letter  from  Mr. 
Henry  S.  Sook,  Tivoli  Hotel,  Ancon,  Canal  Hone, 
Republic  of  Panama,  regarding  storage  batteries  for 
street  ears.  Kindly  give  the  matter  the  attention 
you  deem  necessary  and  oblige, 

Yours  very  truly. 


April  7th  09, 


Mr.  T.  J.  Zimmermann,  Managing  Editor, 

Chicago,  Illinois. 

Dear  Sir: 

Replying  to  yours  of  the  3rd  instant  regarding 
a  picture  of  the  building  in  which  Mr.  Edison's  business 
career  began,  I  beg  to  state  that  there  has  been  no 
picture  preserved.  He  however,  started  business  in 
Railroad  Avenue,  in  Hewarh,  Hew  Jersey,  in  a  10ft.  If 
you  will  get  a  copy  of  the  Scientific  American 
Supplement  for  April  3rd  and  10th  1909,  you  will  find 
a  very  good  account  of  the  different  lines  of  business 
in  which  Mr.  Edison  has  helped,  showing  their  growth. 

Yours  very  truly, 

April  7th  09. 

Mrs.  Burton  Willard, 

Rural  Free  Delivery  #3, 

Burlington,  New  Jersey. 

Dear  Mrs.  Willard: 

Yours  of  the  6th  instant  enclosing 
postal  card  from  the  express  company  referring  to  the 
lost  shaft,  received.  I  have  taken  this  matter  up  with 
the  express  company  and  they  have  agreed  to  Bettle  the 
matter  at  the  earliest  possible  moment. 

Regarding  the  painter 's^b ill,  I  beg  to  say  that 
I  have  forwarded  the  dheckjto  Florida  for  Mr.  Edison's 
signature ,  to  cover  this  ana  expect  it  back  in  the 
course  of  a  few  days.  Upon  receipt  of  same  I  will 
forward  to  you. 

Trust  your  husband  will  continue  to  improve  and 
I  will  take  the  pleasure  to  come  down  to  see  you  at  the 
earliest  opportunity. 

Yours  very  truly, 

.  1  •' 



April  7 til  09, 

fcaerican  Paper  &  Pulp  ABB'n, 

50  Church  Street,  Hew  York. 


Very  agreeable  to  your  request  we  are  enclosing 
another  piece  of  the  Japanese  paper.  Also.a  new  sample 
marked  -American-  which  has  a  considerable  elastic 

quality.  Could  you  advise  us,  or  put  us  in 
communication  with  the  maker  and  oblige, 

YourB  very  truly, 

o/o  Edison  Laboratory 



April  9th 

Edison  Portland  Cement  Co., 

W.  S.  Mallory,  Esq.,  V,  P., 

StewartBville,  Sew  Jersey. 

Dear  Mr.  Mallory: 

Enclosed  find  a  copy  of  the  Assignment 
of  royalty  from  Harlan  Page  to  Mr.  Edison  executed 
March  30th  1909,  the  original  of  which  is  on  file  in 
Mr.  Edison’S  safe. 

This  copy  is  Toxrr  your  files,  to  he  attached  to 
Royalty  Agreement  "between  your  Company  and  Mr.  Edison. 

Y°urs  very  truly, 




April  9th  09 

Dear  Wills 

1  Enclosed  find  check  for  $50.00,  allowance  for 
week  ending  April  17th,  as  requested  in  yourB  of  the 
ath.  Will  try  to  arrange  to  send  you  a  check  every  two 
weeks,  hut  your  checks  for  the  next  few  weeks  were  made 
cut,  dated  and  signed  before  Mr.  Edison  went  South,  hence 
cannot  double  up  on  them  very  well  unless  I  use  my 
personal  account  and  that  is  running  low. 

Yours  very  truly, 
i/J  •'  . 

ur„  W.  I-  Edison, 

Pleasantdale ,  H.  J* 


April  13th  09 

Mra.  B.  'Willard, 

a.  *.  p.  ho.  s, 

Burlington,  ¥.  J. 

Boar  Mra.  Willard: 

Bncloaed  herewith  find  Bow  York  draft 
for  $90.75  to  cover  hill  of  L.  V.  H.  Horn  for  painting, 
dated  March  24th.  Will  yen  kindly  deliver  thia  otatsEsnt 
to  him,  having  him  sign  the  encloaed  receipt  and  oblige, 
Yours  very  truly, 



Mrs.  B.  Villard, 

Burlington,  Bew  Jersey. 

Bear  Mrs .  Allard : 

Yours  of  the  13th  instant  containing  the 
ttaport  about  your  husband's  illness  received.  Beg  to  assure 
you  that  you  have  my  sympathy.  I  took  the  matter  up with 
3£r.  Dyer  and  he  instructed  me  to  write  you  asking,  to  keep 
us  posted  on  his  condition  and  Be  further  states  that  Hr. 
McCoy  will  stop  in  to  see  you  early  next  week  to  see  what 
he  can  do  for  you. 

Yours  very  truly, 

P.  B.  Hr.  Bdison  is  expected  hack  to-morrow. 

April  19th  09, 

>o  B.  Upton,  Esq., 

Edison  Portland  Cement  Co., 

808  Union  Building, 

Newark,  Now  Jersey. 

Dear  Sir: 

Replying  to  yours  of  the  8th  instant,  beg  to 
furnish  you  herewith  with  the  formula-  for  the  finish’  f6r 
conorete  buildings.  Material  used  is  a  mixW  in  equal 
Proportion  of  Edison  .Portland  Cement  and  ground  pumice 
atone.  Care  should  be  taten  that  the  proportion  is  always 
equal.  After  ba^&oroughly  mixed  enough  water  should  be 
added  to  makd  the  mixture  about  the  consietancy  of 
fairly  thick  paint.  The  surface  to  he  covered  should' be 
well  dampened  before  the  mixture  is  applied.  This  is  very 
important  in  order  to  produce  a  good,  permanent  set.  Only 
enough  should  be  mixed  at  a  time  to  last  an  hour  or  so, 
and  while  the  mixture  is  being  applied  it  must  be  very 
frequently  stirred  to  prevent  segregation.  The  application 
is  made  with  a  good  whitewash  brush  and  should  be  applied 
uniformly,  as  with  paint. 

Anything  further  we  can  do  for  you,  kindly  advise  us. 
Yours  very  truly. 

Secretary.  / 

,  .  _  _  ,  .  ...... 


April  21st  09. 

R.  H.  Beach,  Esq., 

42  Broadway,  Hew  York. 

Bear  Ur.  Beach: 

Yours  of  the  14th  instant  received.  Mr. 

Edison  has  returned  from  Florida  and  would  like  very 
much  to  see  you.  I  would  suggest,  however,  that  you  call 
up  on  the  phone  'before  coming  over,  to  make  sure  that  he 
has  no  other  appointments.  Phone  Ho.  907  Orange. 

Yours  very  truly, 


April  21st  09 

Charles  Garrison,  Esq., 

33  Broad  Street, 

Boston,  Mass . 

Dear  Mr.  Garrison: 

Yours  of  the  14th  -inBtant  extending  an 
Invitation  to  Hr.  Edison  to  attend  the  opening  concert, 
introducing  the  Choralcelo  to  the  public,  received.  He 
directs  me  to  write  yon  that  he  is  unable  to  attend,  but 
that  he  is  interested  in  the  piano  and  wants  a  chance 
to  test  it  for  recording  on  the  phonograph,  and  if 
satisfactory  will  need  soma. 

Yours  very  truly, 


April  22ntfe-! 

Chas.  H.  Schwab ,  Esq., 

Ill  Broadway, 

ITew  York. 

Dear  Sir:  , 

As  per  instructions  from  Mr.  Edison,  I  an 
sending  you  (under  separate  cover)  his  latest 
photograph,  autographed,  as  per  your  request  of  the 
6th  instant . 

Yours  very  truly, 



April  22nd  09 


3&0 "Onion  Ave., 

jjt,  ye«*n,  "^* 

*“ — »  «-  *“•"  uom 

«*••'****  y  .  ^^.RertdA  ***««*  *iU 

rf1®*'®****  * mYtdly  ^ 

tas  isse  Htt*  <’blie° 1 



April  21,  1909. 

Hon.  Charles  H.  Graves, 

American  Lection, 

Stockholm,  Sweden . 

My  dear  Sir: 

In  acknowledging  receipt  of  yours  of  the  1st  inst., 

I  wish  to  thank  you  for  your  kindness  in  receiving  on  my  behalf  the 
Gold  Medal  with  Diploma  presented  by  the  Royal  Swedish  Academy 
of  Science.  I  appreciate  the  very  great  compliment  paid  me  by 
the  scientific  men  of  Sweden. 

Shanking  you  for  your  personal  good  wishes ,  believe  me, 

Yours  very  truly, 


April  26th  09. 

"Howard  "Phillips^  jBaq. , 

42  ’Company  S.  A.  C. , 

Tort  Ifott,  T«w  Jowny. 

Do«r  Sir: 

Voters  of  the  T2th  instant  inquiring  about 
John  Sallantlne  received.  Thera  is  a  Ballantine  working 
3m  Xandon,  'Tar  the  Dunderland  Tran  Ore  CO.  Ltd., 

'Titzlan  ToiiBe j  Arundel  St . ,  Xondon,  w,c .  England  ,  whether 
■thin  is  the  man  you  are  looking  for  or  -not  ;l  do  not 
•know,  hut  you  ^ai^rt  communicate  -with  Tim. 

Tours  very  truly, 


-April  mil  09. 

».  Wta  Westland  Cx>., 

S5  HortUy  Strut, 

®ew  Tori  Cl^r  . 
dear  Sira: 

<tn  you  adbrily  aond  "Walls  Targo  &  Ca . 
at  your  -aarHeat  -oKrmmience,  the  following 


■•ColloitiB  a»a  the  311ra>«i«lc  roscope*  published  by 
Jeton  Wiley  and  "Son,  Ifaw  703*.* 

*®*e  Value  of  Science*  by  31.  Sanrl  -Poincaird. 

TCmHWlated  Tram. -the  Trench,  -with  an  Introduction  by  Prof. 
Saorge  Trace  Halstead. 

•'“Soi-etBCo  «ad  •HypotiaaBAa*’  by  II.  Henry  PblnealT* , 
txa9Wlateil  cStbiq  the  Trench  by  Prof-  -fleorge  Bruce 

TiaBly  Xoyw^jsi  -the  hooto  and  hill  for  naae  to  me 
at  thoTaboratoiy  and  greatly  oblige., 

loura  -wesy  truly, 




April  28th  09 

American  Paper  &  Pulp  Ass'n., 

50  Church  Street,  hew  York. 

Dear  Sirs : 

We  have  received  samples  of  paper  from 
the  Hew  York  &  Penna.  Co.  41  Park  Row  and  thank  you 
sincerely  for  putting  them  in  communication  with  us.  We 
believe  the  aamplae  to  he  the  quality  desired.  Should  there 
he  any  expense  attached  to  your  efforts,  kindly  send  us 
a  hill  and  greatly  oblige, 

YourB  very  truly, 

EdiBon  Laboratory 

per  , 

April  29th  09, 

Slmer  &  Amend, 

205  Third  Are., 

Saw  'York  City. 


The  prices  I  hare  been  paying  yon  for 
chemicals  etc.  in  the  last  Tew  years  I  consider 
outrageous.  Unless  you  nan  hereafter  give  better 
prices,  I  am  going  to  lay  in  a  supply  from  De  Hasp 
that  will  last  me  for  years. 

Yours  very  truly.,  " 


April  28th  09. 

Judge  Gary, 

U.  S.  Steel  Corporation, 

New  York  City,  N.  Y. 
l£y  dear  Mr.  Gary: 

If  you  will  have  one  of  your  young 
men  investigate  the  business  phonograph  I  think  you 
will  find  that  it  will  save  your  Company  a  large 
amount  of  money.  Every  little  counts. 

Yours  very  truly, 


April  30th  09. 

.Blectrello  Coftpany, 

Ur.  Irving  3*  Smith,  Sap 't., 

1011  Diamond  Street,  Philadelphia,  Pa. 

"Dear  Sir  : 

Yours  of  the  27th  instant  regarding  an  idea 
of  youra  for  a  atrip  nickel  machine ,  received.  Ur. 
Bdison  directs  me  to  write  yon  that  «e  tried  this 
scheme,  but  the  trouble  -was  that  the  nickel  would 
not  strip  well*  If  a  surface  could  he  got  on  the  drum 
so  it  would  strip  well,  it  would  :be  ja  fine  scheme*  A 
great  many  patent  a  have  been  taken  -out  id  get  a  -good 
stripping  proposition,  hut  no  far  none  hare  bean 
successful  for  continuous  work. 

Youra  very  truly. 



Hay  3rd  1909. 

E .  do  Haen  Chemical  Works , 

Sealae,  nee*  Ifeft Over,  Germany. 


1  send  -you  the  following  order  'for  chemical* , 
which  I  hope  you  will  give  me  1*0  heat  dealers  discount 
from  your  list  pri'ceu.  X  also  -requeBt  that  you  mark  the 
container*,  if  bottlee,  by  Hydrofluoric  acid  ink,  as  many 
of  the  labels  drop  -off,  -or  by  chemical  fumes  aoon 
become  unreadable,  it  -Is  -probable  that  -a  large  number 
of  the  chemicals  3n  thin  -order  will  be  put  on  the  free 
liBt  dn'the  new  tariff,  hutl  ho  not  Want  you  to  delay 
on  thin  account-,  wlno  that  upon  receipt  of  this  order 
you  will  sqciokly  hhip  thebe  things  Which  you  have  in 
stock  -and  not  wait  tuitil  y-ou  uanfiil  the  whole  order, 
the  'balance  can  'follow. 

'I  afcould  ISEe  to  inquire  tf  you  thke  contracts  to 
^^owfacture  a  -regalar'tttpply  of  any  given  ibeffilcal .  1 
hmew  ta^atty  heio  hhO-Wiil  probablyUBea  iarger^Oahtity 
^■^Ba tt»St*lligwa  Dinitr^naAn'**  :®o®s^35r^SO  to  9GG 
t-*-  -day,  ae  thinks  1»  can  make  it  cheaper  in  iSiia 
*?4  mil  ho  net  think  wo,  as  I  unddfstand  most  of 
Hill  gsmfsdUttti*  -*tr  :«$lqs4-'W  i8t«d«  -in  England  and 
Mfrm  4<|  fttrmlltr 1  if  #9il  vflould  tpt*  rae  an  approximate 

«  z*  tm*  »aae  «tw» 

'^  isi'^oia  -*»  ^3*®*  *ftlit*  ^ryBtalBj 

•'«»  **  ^as*  aattsBB  tot«  BMH**®®. 
-lowest  ^tce  *an  fiTfcy  *<»“>  oT  fin®ly 

iiia  s*»a  «•  '»«8>l’e  ^  i*piots.'tl«n  *  ,  .—-*•7 

'tKvcvB^nas  tra3y » 

x^fliL  Q  *^»'~®-~  - 

**  ^^d^**®*  that  ^  herewith 

"^Je  ^  '^rt>  Sutt  the 

owttattwra  - 

T.  A>  B. 

Letterbook,  LB-080 

This  letterbook  covers  the  period  May-September  1909.  Most  of  the 
correspondence  is  by  Edison,  Harry  F.  Miller,  and  George  A.  Meister.  Many  of 
the  letters  pertain  to  the  business  of  the  Edison  Portland  Cement  Co.  and  to 
Edison’s  accounts  with  J.P.  Morgan  &  Co.  Also  included  is  correspondence 
regarding  the  ongoing  manufacture  of  molds  and  patterns  to  be  used  in  the 
construction  of  concrete  houses,  as  well  as  letters  discussing  the  continuing 
management  and  production  difficulties  at  the  ore  concentration  plant  in  the 
Dunderland  region  of  Norway.  In  addition,  there  are  letters  concerning  Edison’s 
work  on  his  alkaline  storage  battery,  including  a  letter  to  Levi  C.  Weir,  president 
of  Adams  Express  Co.,  in  which  Edison  describes  his  new  battery  as  "an 
almost  perfect  instrument"  and  a  letter  to  Sigmund  Bergmann  in  which  he 
mentions  the  testing  of  the  battery  on  the  submarines  of  the  Italian  navy. 
Among  the  items  relating  to  family  and  personal  matters  are  letters  pertaining 
to  Edison’s  opinion  on  the  use  of  his  kinetoscope  as  an  educational  tool  in 
schools;  his  acceptance  of  a  position  on  the  Honorary  Committee  of  the 
American  Exposition  in  Berlin,  Germany;  and  his  recollections  of  the  first 
central  station  for  electric  lighting.  In  addition,  there  are  several  letters  involving 
the  health  problems  of  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Jr. 

The  label  on  the  front  cover  contains  the  following  notation:  "Thomas  A. 
Edison  Personal  From  May  7, 1 909  To  Sept.  24, 1 909."  There  is  an  inscription 
on  the  spine  with  similar  information.  The  book  contains  701  numbered  pages 
and  an  index.  Approximately  15  percent  of  the  book  has  been  selected. 

7th  09, 

EJ»  Horr  latent®  Tarant  Ge.j. 

Morriirtewn,  Vo  Joreay. 

«•»*  -Sira: 

a«r*  a*  an  oxj)«rlB»ntar  at  th*  laboratory 
bqbii  proparty  on  Spaadwall  Av«.,  mnuSbr*  S3,  lB 
«5  «*&  87  your  oity,  -raitwa  a t  $70«0  .-OOupaa, 

****  ia  a  =wt**gn  nT  #5900.00.  ff.  mf|  f  *■**,« 
th*  *Srtga*«  *o  $3000.00  and  would  lik»  to  hmqm  y«a 
^  &B.  aMkrtgagw  fte  $3000.00.1  0 

A^ihg  you  can  Ao  tor  Him  will  b*  *&ppr«t:iufced 
tar  «r.  who  diraota  that  tint  latter  T*>  »ntt«n 

Yours  7**y  truly, 



my  8th  09. 

a»lJ.  auditor,  Esq., 

"iccri  Salney  Street, 

Brooklyn,  Now  York. 

Bear  -Sir: 

Youja  of  the  6th  instant  requesting  a  position 
4M  -a  -chemist  at  the. laboratory,  received,  hr.  Edison 
directs  ap  tp  write  you  to  come  to  the  Laboratory 
Md  BOO  hiip  regarding  the  same .  * 

Yours  very  truly. 

.  M-M,, 

IntarmtAenal  Instrument  Co.-, 

Cambridge ,  Mass. 


TO3L  you  iindly  atmd  to  tus  act  B«r  Instruct  lone 
^  fe.  TM,l»cn  -rour  latest  jprice  Hart  and  aloe  description 
sTXlantric  CantrAJttges,  and  oblige, 

Yours  vary  truly. 

Vxy  l»«s. 

•A.  Thomas  Co.  , 

12th  A  Sfclmrt  St*., 

Shnasuflphta,  Pa.  Un 

■Soar  Sim:  ri 

*131  you  kindly  eenfl  ub  your  latest 
eataXog  on  Transparent  yitreeua  Silica,  and  ether 
^t&mxxtmry  apparatus,  as  -par  Instructions  Tram 
Sr-  JSSlson,  and  oblige.. 

Yours  aery  truly  , 




my  10th  Oft. 

A.  DeHart ,  2#q. , 

107  Berth  14th  St., 

Bast  Orange,  B.  J, 

■Dear  Sir: 


Yours  of  the  9th  Instant  niTHTig  ter 
iufannalltni  concerning  the  whereat  onto  of  Mr.  James 
Ballantine,  received.  The  last  address  we  had  of  Mr. 
BaUantlne  was  in  care  of  the  Duhderland  Xron  Ore 
Co.,  Dttaalam  Sense,  Arundel  Street,  Strand,  Xondofl, 


Yours  very  trttty. 



A.  C.  H.  Hyland,  Esq. , 

HolXanfl  American  Linn, 

359  Broadway  ,  Saw  York. 

Yours  of  the  -6±h  Instant  regarding  concrete 
houses  received.  Hr.  Edison  is  working  on  the  moulds  for 
a  house  to  he  poured  of  concrete j4£" one  -time.  This  is 
still  in  the  experimental  stage  and  will  nut  he  finished 
until  next  fall.  The  engineer  who  put  up  -the 
concrete  buildings  at  the  srorks  -of  Mr.  Edison  is  named 
Ho  I.  Moyer,  ana  his  address  375  Eultcn  Street, 

Brooklyn-,  Hew  York.  Ha  Will,  no  doubt ,  he  able  to  giy*  you 
dll  the  information  you  desire  . 

Yours  very  truly. 

May  10^09 

Morris'towii  Trust  Ct>.3 

Morris  town,  Jf«w  Jersey. 
Bear  Sirs: 

SwUtos  to  yoor.  or  -tho  ««,  log  taut  J  k,B  *. 

^  *  «“  *■»* -  «.  «  *  *7  £* 

^"ty  *—  -*>  «  *  ~  «.  1,^^- 
“”  ***•  w°“w  ««y  tayow  «...  Mvl>, 

*“  y“  "*  »«*»  *•  =1»~  th.  «tt„  ».  a»t 
«a  *.  w  -to  you,  «rio.  «tl  «  oaock  for  *900.00 

*“d  -Pill  closs  the  Jaa-ttor-trith-you. 

Tours  -very  tot Oy,  “ 


May  11th  09, 

Georg*  Gig*r  hae  been  in  the 
«^loy  of  Thomas  A.  Edison  under  ay  direction  for  over 
tvp  and  one-half  years.  During  this  time  he  has  gained 
wmaiderahle  experience  in  electrical-testing  work 
and  has  proved  himself  competent  and  always  ready  to  do  . 
such  tasks  as  were  assigned  to  him.  He  is  giving  up  his  ; 
position  here  of  his  own  free  will,  and  I  «an  honestly  a 
recommend  him  to  anyone  desiring  his  services. 

Battery  Experimental  Dep't. 

May  11th  09. 

Arthur  Wlllia no, 
jjow  York  »«' 011  Go*> 

Bln  A  Duane 

SeTrYork  City. 

Sir:  •  v  „*««*  you  sent  over  to  Mr. 

me  photographs  which  y°u  Be 

have  teen  autographed  ao 

"  im  ~ 

“'a,  JtoMgW*  >»  U1»B  B"e“' 

written  tho  following-  M  *_  Mlae  Anna 

"To  the  Daughter  of  the  Mas  er 

Morgan.  t  jj  you 

^  saloon  direct*  ®e  to  white  you  t 

aawWB.  ,, 



May  15th  09. 

Voee,  Esq. , 

Cape  Sunshine  Borne, 

Crapaey  &  23rd  Ares. , 

Bensonhurst,  Brooklyn,  2T„  Y 

Dear  Blr: 

Sncloaed  find  check  for .*5.00,  te. 
“  haB  dir8CtBd  ma  *»  Band  you 
®»X»ia8  y«u  are  reeling  easier,  I  to. 

Yours  sincerely, 




May  17th.  09. 

C.  B.  Holgate,  Esq., 

Bewarh  Evening  Bans, 

YTawarh,  Baw  Jersey. 

Saar  Sir: 

Your  letter  of  the  15th  instant  requesting 
a  photograph  of  Mr.  Edison  in  an  Edison  *9*  Studebaher 
-Auto,  received.  Mr.  Edison  directs  me  to  write  you 
that  these  photos  .are  copyrighted  by  Each  Brothers, 
and  that  he  has  no  control  over  them. 

Yours  vary  truly. 


—  - T - — r  : 

A.  SilVarman,  Esq., 

TJhiverslty  Df  Pittsburgh, 

Department  of  Chemistry, 

ST.  S.  Pittsburgh,  Penna. 

Smut  Sir: 

Yours  of  the  14th  instant,  regarding  advertise- 
3a*tlt  ln  tha  Chemical  Journal  and  asking  the  nature  of 
*he  position,  received.  Mr.  Edison  directs  me  to  -write 

that  tha  position  ia  on  research  in  organic  chemistry 
for  commercial  uses. 

Yours  very  trujy , 

Secretary.  / 

Confirmation  of  lelegram  Bent  to  R.  Rly — c/o  City  Club 

Reb*  R.  Rly-, 

care  The  City  Club, 

55  Vest  44th  St.,  Raw  York. 

Membership  on  honorary  Cwnmlttaa  of  -Arrangement* 
for  Wright  Dinner  Accepted. 

[  Signed 

Ihoa.  A.  Bdison 

via  Western  Union  5 A7/09 •  10.05  A.  M. 

May  18th  09. 

John.  5.  'Wood,,  Maq.  , 

39  Cortlandt  St., 

Mew  "York -City. 

Smu-  -Six' 

Tours  of  the  -13  th  instant  received.  In  reply 
3  bag  to  State  that  Miss  Miller  has  decided  to  place 
the  insurance  on  the  building  -at  Mo .  148  -Cleveland 
Street ,  Orange ,  Mew  Jar  Bey,  to  the  broker  who  Mad  It 
before;  in-aa-much  as  there  is  no  difference  in  the 
pxajaitnn.  BruS-osed  therewith  YAna  policy  Mo.  48HJ54 
Ohio  Canaan  Insurance  Co .  which  you  desire  to  cancel 
and 'transfer  to  some  other  conjpany. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Secretary.  / 

pc  Stay  20th  09. 

Charles  Beyer,  ^Esq.  , 

iOlD  Benn  Square  -Bldg  .  , 

Bhlladelpbia,  Henna . 

hear  Sir; 

Your  .letter  of  the  19th  instant  regarding 
■caw  property  which  you  have  for  Bale ,  Suitable  for 
the  manufacture  of  cement,  received*  Hr.  Bdieon  directs 
me  to  write  you  that  the  cement  business  has  gone  to 
pieces  for  the  last  two  years,  averyhofly  losing  money. 

He  doOB  not  think  that  the  -whole  crowd  baa  enough 
money  to  buy  a  city  lot. 

Yours  very  truly. 


_P.  S.~  JC  -return  herewith  your  specification. 

May  20ih  09. 

Mia  on  Portland  Cement  Co.., 

Stewart  sville ,  leu  Jersey. 

'Dear  Hr.  Hallo ry : 

J°  Regarding  the  salesmen,  draftsmen  and 
constructors  who  are  wording  in  connection  with  the 
Mil  Crusher  operations,  Mr.  Edison  thinks  that  ihase 
men  Should  ha  paid,  from  your  end,  an  you  ire  in  tench 

-With  them  and  we  are  not,  and  i 

b  hare  no  knowledge 

•nf  their  movements,  there  is  danger  of  our  overpaying 
them  or  duplicating  payments  to  them-  If  you  will  njttke  ihe 
necessary  payments  to  them  and  advise  ns  monthly,  We  *£U 
see  that  a  check  is  sent  to  re  labours*  :y©u.£reea?’tly. 

Of  course  the  saiosmena  expenses  ssn  he  paid  by  n»  after 
heing  approved  hy  you,  hut  as  mentioned  above  ere  aid 
af  raid  that  in  paying  the  salaries  we  might  ’make  'dame 

Sn^oeed  herewith  find  expenses  a?  ®*ed.  Mrtigan 
dated  l&tto  for  $14*?.i>9  which  haenot  been  amoved  hy 

jwn.  Madly  approve  and  return  these  at  the  baraidirt 
■poaeih^  moment  *nd  I  Will  wdnd  m  ^  *"  **“ 

statTO^nt  which  you  sent  me  a  tm  days  ago* 

'  u  fours  very  trv&y, 

May  21st  09. 

John  2.  Scad,  2sq.  , 

39  CortlaaSfc  St., 

Sew  3pofJc  Sity. 

Soar  Sir: 

1  reif&rn  herewith  policy  So.  81729,  German 
■3ta*rican.  covering  $1500.00  Insurance  on  an tomn tolls 
belonging  to  the  Electric  Vehicle  Go.  Inasmuch  as 
this  «chAne  has  "been  hcrapped,  we  do  not  care  to 
continue  the  insurance . 

Yours  very  truly. 


Cwnant  Clo,, 

StewartByiile,  Ifaw  ?«ny, 

5«rSir:  RE 


*o  your*  bf  'the  14th  instant  I  beg 
~t*  *B*&o8«  *iiB  da«4s  of  Banfiolti  to  JSdt&on,  and  !Kai«on 
't*  ^Q»  sT,  ^yanaa.  CeneantraiJiig  ■Vorire,  core  ring 
tin  five  acra  tract  In  3Berko  County,  y«ma.  1  cannot 
find  any  do*a8  forth®  tuibartaacporty.  * 

toi  j3Bfa»iited  bringing  fjaa  fonaor  papema  yrtih  ise  on 
tko  -excuraicn  "Saturday,  but  it.  wan  pcs^ohoa. 

^l*a«o  acStnewloego  ^sceipt  u^oMiga, 

3Bay  27  th  X&. 

»*ti<mal  ‘3ttag^,iTQT  Indus  trial  asduentiw*, 

Al^rt  A.  Snowden-,  -Esq,,  Secretary, 

t,,  70  Pari  Plans ,  JBewark,  'S'.,  J. 

Pear  Sir-: 

tvr51-'  t0  :youx  lett«*  -of  the  26th  instant., 
in  which  you  state  .that  .at  your  recent  meeting  -nf>i^ 
in  Hew  ‘Xdrlc  City,  it  was  voted,  unanimously,  to  tender 
the  yioBitiOc  of  ’Honorary  President  of  the  League  to  lir.» 
Bdison,  *  heg  to  say  that  Mr.  -Edison  directs  me  to  write 
you  that  under  -no  -olrcnauBtancss  would  he  accept  the  office. 
Tours  very  truly. 


May. 29th  4>9. 

*»•  H.  Spbarto,  B*q., 

42  Soyley  Street, 

Bochejrter,  3 Jen  Tori:. 

1W  Sir: 

Your  letter  *r  -the  ^5th  _infltant  regarding 
electrocution,  received.  Hr.  Sdison  'dlrectD  ana  to  yrlte 
you  that  hie  belief.,  "baaed  on  experiment®  with 
■animals  In -this  laboratory  "Is  that  a  person  electrocuted 
la  mentally  dead  la  lens  than  1/iOOO  hr  eeOond ,  -and 

jdsyaicaHy  'dead  in  -two  nactmdB;  nay  motions  after 
that  time  ic  reflect  -action. 

Yourc  rrery  truly. 



Bay  29th 

3L.  4&.  "Skn  Heventar.,  Beq., 

Suntor,  South  Carolina. 

*esr  Sir: 

Tour  letter  -of  the  26th  instant,  also 
«*  book  on  telephony  came  -duly  to  hand.  The  book 
*»*tainly  is  a  good  one,  in  fact  the  best  'work  yet 
published  on  the  telephone . 

‘Sinking  you  for  the  same  and  with  kindest 

Believe  me. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Barrett  Hanufacturing  Co., 

Srankford,  Philadelphia,  Pa. 


Hr,  Edison  directs  me  to  write  and  ask  you 
•aether  you  can  ship  to  him  at  Orange,,  20  gallons  each 
of  the  different  fractions  yon  make  in  the  first  rough 
distillation  of  Coal  2ar,  So  assumes  you  make  three. 
Including  red  oil-.  Be  is  chlorinating  the  different 
distillates  with  a  view  of  obtaining  a  certain 
substance,  which  he  can  use  in  large  quantities. 

Yours  very  truly, 


Jane  1st  ‘09-. 

^Sr.  O-  ^rottthej 

B28  'Cleveland  St-..* 

Sx&nga.,  Hew  Jersey . 

hear  Sir' 

9  Your  letter  of  the  29th  ult .  regarding 
your  absence  from  the  laboratory*  received..  Hr.  Edieon 
directs  me  -to  write  ytm  that  the  chlorine  has  nothing  to 
do  with  the  matter.  He  -however,  will  -aee  that  yon  get 
your  salary  itor  the  weeh. 

Yours  very  truly  . 


June  let  09, 

‘Shtlonal  Aniline  &  ^Chemical  Ot>,^ 

TOO  *1111  am  Street,  3Tew  Yoric. 


Hr.  ^Edison  directs  me  -to  write  .you  that  he  -shall 
"probably  need  In  three  or  f-our  months  about  300  to  400 
pounds  -par  day  oh  Pour  tons  per  month  of  Alpha  Jfononitro- 
tagsthaleme.  he  has  tested  the  -^sample  or  lot  "bought  from 
you  and.  also  froaTJe  ^sShhrt  Eambutg,  Oermany,  from  whom 
he  >■■»«  a  auotatlon,  PJOiB.  'fiataburg.  S»  =et»«s#e»s  that  under 
the  now  tariff  there  -will  he  -uo  duty  and  would  like  to 
"know  if  you  would  care  to  isate  him  a  quotation  oorerlug 
?mqg>Ties  Pox  Six  monthcerisatr,  at  rate-above  stated. 

iThe  Tapurdtlea  in  "the  original  TTfiptimlene  is  not 
a  matter  it  Tfliiffai^nce,  as  he  -is  compelled  to  make  an 
Wfts*  ^rp^nitlen  *Sftta  the  re  are  too  many  phenolic  bodies 
to  the  nitre. 


■^acwtoiy*.  ■/ 

Yhstra  -very  trolyj 

>J«a*  4th  OS, 


June  4th  09. 

Barnett  XKHuracturlMe  Co, , 

Philadelphia,  Pa. 


Tour  letter  of  the  2nd  instant  regarding  j|  i 

distillation  of  coal  tar,  received.  Hr.  Sdison  directB 
*•  *0  srito  you  that  lie  is  after  Durene,  Acenoptene, 

Pluorene ,  Phenanthrane  and"  Retene,  and  that  ha 
dute  the  fraction  that  will  contain  ll»sai.  Ha  has  « 

— *  till  and  sank*  to  Bromate  -the  above  when  impure , 
t»  'Set  if  ha  can  obtain  a  material  which  ha  can  use  in 
Hu**  -guantltioD. 

Can  you  do  anything  for  him? 

Yours  very  truly. 



46  Barclay  Street , 

Sew^ork  Sity„  -Eu.  "Y. 

^closed  please  -find  «ur  ardor  for  four 
^d*2«n  3?o .  250 fb  style*  rotmd  hottoa  dhwnitoa.1  flasks, 
lbs  Edison  dSLYents  iae  to  'Write  you  that  these  flasks 
tikouia  he  'Sell  annealed  -as  they  are  to  he  heated  on  a 
SandNba'<£h  th  30b  degrees  and  there  will  he  the  usual 
ttoih^ae  at  thttpeiat^re,  as  an  shafeiSai  twrk> 

•$4>ies  tts  hjiriitlotteo  in  yours  of  the  3tfc  instant, 
♦20,00  >er  dozen. 

"Yours  rery  truly. 

June  10th  09.. 

tfirst  Mortgage  Guarantee  &  Irust  Go. , 

927  Chestnut  Street,  Philadelphia,  Pa. 

Pear  Sirs: 

Tours  of  the  9th  instant  requesting  the 
financial  responsibility  of  Mr.  Harlan  Page,  received. 

Mr.  Edison  directs  me  to  -write  that  he  understands 
Mr.  Page  is  a  nan  of  sorae  means  and  a  largo  stockholder 
in  the  Edison  Portland  Cement  Co,  He  has  always  acted 
honestly  in  such  dealings  as  he  has  had  with 

Yours  veyy  truly. 


■Willard  C.  Greene,  Sag., 

73"9  Boylston  Street , 

Boston,  Hass. 

Bear  Sir: 

Your  latter  of  the  7th  instant  addressed 
to  *S«ricoh",  -oar*  Oil,  Taint  and  Drug  Beporter, 
received-.  Br.  Bdison  insert  ed  the  advertisement .  Be 
directB  me  to  write  you  that  he  wants  a  chemist  to 
do  -some  experimental  work  in  photography.  The 
position  will  last  for  a  long  time.  That  -salary  would 
you  he  willing  to  begin  with? 

Yours  very  truly. 


June  10th  OS 

Vy  dear  TTelr: 

Glad  to  hear  you  are  going  to  shunt  some 
of  your  worries  over  on  to  somebody  else.*  I  th-tnV  Mr. 
ASms  nan  now  safely  adopt  the  general  policy  of 
uoiag  Electrics:  the  new  battery  is  an  almost  perfect 
instrument  and  will  solve  the  problem  of  vehicle  trac- 
tion  in  a  commercial  way  and  in  a  perfectly  satisfactory 
wwnner*  If  you  get  good  vehicles  your  troubles  will 
bo  over i  the  new  battery  will  give  you  more  radius  or 
mileage  than  you  can  use. 

On  account  of  the  peculiar  conditions  in  the 
seeking  of  the  new  battery  1  sould'*nt  make  the  smallest 
cell  with  lass  capacity  than  1B0  (amperes,  as  against 
SIS  for  the  old  cell-.  'This  was  sold  to  you  at  $10.00 
«r  8.7  cents  per  aapere .  The  shop  price  direct  to  the 
-Coup any  for  new  cell  -is  $12^00  hr  8  cents  pelr  ampere . 
Sene  Wale  will  be  50^  -of  'the  original  cost.  This  battery 
mSXl  hare  twios  the  life  of  the  old  cell,  and  X. 
honestly  belie'*)*  very  match  more ,  so  that  at  end  of 
SMrrerml  will  uoat  less  than  one  half  of  lead 
and  is  8  l/8  times  lighter  for  the  same  power;  thus 
giving  great  radius  -of  action. 

lame  ydur  subordinate  (and  I1  XI  e«nd  Billy  Bet  over 

*na  have  him  talked  to  death.  They  a  ay  that  every 
tins  I  write  a  latter  to  a  man,  praising  the  battery 
they  lose  the  order.  I  de-hypnotize  fcy  nail. 

To  Mr.  I>.  C.  Weir,  Prea. , 

Adams  Express  Company, 

59  Broadway,  Hew  York. 


Jtuflf  15th  09. 

*ill*xd  C.  Greene,  Esq., 

e&rt  H.  L.  Emerson,  Esq., 

739  Boylston  Street, 

Boston,  Mass. 

Bear  Sir: 

YourB  of  the  11th  instant  regarding  the 
Portion  as  experimental  photographer,  received.  Mr. 

directs  me  to  write  and  ask  you  how  long 
h«f0r«  y°u  could  come  Vo  Orange.  nr 

Yours  very  truly, 

3i-  'iMdUt; 



June  16th  09, 

Edward  Thompson,  Esq., 

203  Lewis  Avenue, 

Brooklyn,  Hew  York. 

Boar  Sir: 

Tours  of  the  15th  instant  requesting  an 
isttrrltv  regarding  a  business  proposition  -which  you 
wish  to  lay  before  Mr.  Edison,  received.  Ho  directs 
m»  to  write  you  that  you  might  call  on  Mr.  Frank  L-. 

*r.  Edison's  business  manager  who  is  in  the 
Hew  Tw*  office  at  10  Fifth  Avenue  on  Tuesdays  and 
Thursdays;  and  at  the  Orange  works  the  rest  of  the 

Yours  very  truly, 

$2  JL&*. 


Samuel  Insull,  Esq.,  Pres. 

Commonwealth  Electric  Co., 

Chicago,  Illinois. 

Dear  8ir: 

Mr.  Edison  is  the  possessor  of  530  shares 
of  North  American  Transportation  and  Trading  Co.  stock, 
and  he  directs  me  to  write  you  and  ask  if  you  will 
obtain  from  your  broker  some  information  as  to  the 
present  status  of  this  Company.  He  haB  never  received 
any  dividends  or  notices  of  meetings  or  any  communi¬ 
cation  at  all,  and  he  desires  to  know  the  present 
condition  of  the  Company  and  alBo  its  prospects.  Any 
information  you  can  obtain  for  him  will  be  very 

Yours  very  truly, 



much  appreciated. 


June  17th  09'. 

Willard  C.  Greene,  Esq., 

care  R.  L.  Emerson,  Esq., 

739  Boylston  Street, 

Boston,  Mass. 

Dear  Sir: 

In  reply  to  your  letter  of  the  16th  instant 
Mr.  Edison  directs  me  to  write  you  to  come  to  Orange 
as  soon  as  possible,  on  the  terms  named. 

YourB  vWry  truly,  ,y 


June  18th  09. 

Edison  Portland  Cement  Co., 

W.  S.  MalJory,  Esq.,  V.  P., 

Stewartsville ,  Herr  Jersey. 

Dear  Mr.  Mallory: 

Referring  to  your  letter  of  tko  ietn 
instant  written  by  Mr.  Opdyke  regarding  the  amount 
charged  on  our  books  to  the  Little,  Rails  Stone  Co. 
for  machinery,  1  find  upon  checking  up  your  liBt  of 
bills,  the  following  differences: 

The  first  item  is  a  bill  of  $12.91  which  should 
be  a  credit  memorandum,  making  a  difference  of  $25.8®<t 
Second  item  is  a  bill  for  $341.24;  thiB  should  be 
$332.26,  inasmuch  as  a  credit  of  $8.98  was  allowed 
on  this  bill,  which  you  have  not  taken  advantage  of. 

Eext  is  an  item  of  $8.98  which  we  have  no  record  of 

whatever.  You  do  not  show  a  credit  memorandum  issued  by 

the  Lehigh  Foundry  Co.  for  $63.50  dated  March  31st.,  nor 
do  you  show  a  credit  allowed  by  the  Builders'  Planing 

09 , 

A.  B»  Hepburn,  Esq.,  Pres-, 

Ihe  Acadeay  of  Politic*!  Science,, 

Columbia  Itayersliy,  afew  YGeaac  city  , 

Bear  Sir: 

■Replying  to  yours  of  the  21st  instant  abjgqg 
Mr.  Edison  to  Join  the  Academy,  3  hag  to»g>ly  -that  he 
did  join  on  April  23rd  1909,  and  2  ha^e  hafwre  tas  * 
receipt  for  his  dues  signed  hy  C.  A-  Platen,, 
treasurer,  per  IT-  P-  C-  “a 

Yours  -very 

/;  -y 

’*’■“  •vi"/ 


June  25th  09. 

OrlanSo  B.  Hastings,  Esq., 

41  Park  Row,  Hew  York. 

Dear  Sir: 

In  reply  to  yours  of  the  23rd  instant  I  beg 
to  say  that  I  have  received  the  sample  roll  35  inches 
wide,  marked  K.  S. 

Up  to  this  writing  the  other  sample  roll  4  3/l6 
inches  wide  has  not  reached  me.  Probably  it  has  not" 
heen  aent  as  yet.  I  have  examined  the  two  samples 
B.  L„  that  were  enclosed  in  your  letter,  but  I  canno’t 
ubo  the  sheets  to  make  proper  test,  so  I  would  suggest 
that  you  Bend  me  only  what  you  can  obtain  in  rolls. 

I  am  keeping  a  Tecord  of  the  samples  you  are  sending. 

Youts  very  truly, 

June  28th  09. 

Mallory  or  Hasont 

would  like  TCeifer  to  hire  an  Auto  and 
on  Sundays  when  lie  feels  like  it  go  along  the  new 
"Lackawanna  cut-off  where  they  are  now  working  and 
-eamplo  thingB  in  cuts  and  near  hy  for  limestone,  cement 
rock,  gneiss,  granite  etc. 

1  was  near  it  'Sunday,  went  to  Heins  foreel 
limestone  at  Stillwater,  found  that  outcTop  is  three 
miles  long- 



•"‘•HStSTw  2? r.11- 


June  2  Bib  <Oft. 

V.  JL.  Croffut,  Esq, , 

148  3-  Street.,  IT.  E., 

"Washington,  D.  C« 

Dear  Sir: 

Yours  of  the  24th.  instant  received-  Hr. 

Mi son  •directs  me  to  write  you  that  Anaatt  never  was 
In  a  3»x>Bition  to  get  any  money  for  Ills  Company,  hut 
-  -within  the  last  six  months  he  haB  made  a  very  favor¬ 
able  ocmbination  and  will  for  some  time  to  come  get 
TnmWidfirahle  money  probably  in  the  fall-  So  if  you 
follow  him  up  you  should  get  considerable  money. 

I  Yours  very  truly , 

Secretary.,  ; 



June  28th.  o?. 

U.  H.  Carhart,  2sq., 

Bdisnn  Portland  Cement  Co,, 

Stewartsville,  Sew  Jersey. 

Pear  Sir: 

Was  at  Stillwater  Sunday.  Saw  the  limestone, 
also  -find  that  it  extends  three  miles  south-west}  so 
if  we  ewer  do  anything  we  need  not  pay  more  than 
50^  above  farm  prises.  There  is  too  much  of  it  to 
have  them  hoia  it  high.  Could'nt  see  any  Gneiss  or 
Granite « 

«sn'y«tt  get  me  finite  of  Laohawanm  cut-off}  I 



Jane  30th  09. 

American  Institute  -of  Electrical  Engineers, 

Ealph  JL.  Pope,  Esq. ,  Secretary, 

33  West  39tfa  Street,  Sew  York, 

Bear  Sir: 

Yours  of  the  25th  instant  also  Certificate 
of  Charter  Membership  In  the  Institute,  'received. 

Mr.  Edison  -directs  me.  to  -thank  you  very  kindly  for 

the  same. 

Youtb  -very  truly, 


Secretary.  y. 

June  30th  09, 

-  y 

O.  A.  WaHn, 

.  Ghlef  Engineer,  . 


39  Broadway,  Sew  Yo&. 

Bear  Sir: 

Year*  -or  -the  28th  Instant  received.  Sr. 
Bdleon  directs  me  to  write  you  that  as  the  saving 
ahoen  in  hlne-pritrt  is  greater  than  the  whole  draw 
^ar  p«ll  on  a  BnH«tms  or  eVsn  a  common  freight  car, 
At  would  -seism  that  there  was  something  wrong 

Yours  >ery  truly. 


July  6th  09, 

R.  L.  Cuthbsrt,  35sq. , 

care  Deloitte,,  Rlender,  Griffiths  &  0o. , 

49  Wall  Street,  Row  York. 

Dear  Sir: 

Yours  of  the  2nd  instant  regarding  the 
Dunderland  Iron  Ore  Co.  received.  Mr.  Edison  directs  me 
to  write  you  that  he  has  too  many  irons  in  the  fire 
to  go  out  of  the  United  States  and  does  not  care  to 
consider  the  subject.  He  believes  in  proper  hands  the 
Horway  plant  can  cake  millions  and  that  the  mismanage¬ 
ment  has  been  the  very  worst  on  record. 

Yours  very  truly. 

a’  -  'Jj-J-KMU 1/1 

Secretary.  j 


July  8th  09. 

Mr.  H.  H.  Brockway,  Jr., 

care  The  New  Monmouth, 

Spring  lake.  New  Jersey. 

Bear  Sir: 

Replying  to  yours  of  the  5th  instant,  heg  to 
state  that  your  letter  regarding  the  cigarettes  was 
forwarded  to  Mr.  William  Edison  and  we  thought  your  hill 
had  been  paid,  not  having  seen  him  since  forwarding  your 
last  letter.  Mr.  Edison  is  at  present  away  hut  I  will 
communicate  with  his  son  and  endeavor  to  have  a  settlement 
made  at  once.  If  you  do  not  hear  from  him  in  a  few 
days  write  me  and  I  will  take  it  up  with  Mr.  Edison, 



Secretary.  ) 

Yours  very  truly, 


July  8th  09. 

H.  H.  Harjes,  Esq., 

31,  Boulevard  Hausamann, 

Paris,  Prance. 

Dear  Mr.  Harjes: 

Yours  of  the  29th  ult„  regarding  the 

•  ti 

new  storage  battery,  received.  Mr.  Edison  directs  me  to 
write  you  that  he  hopes  to  be  able  to  notify  Mr. 

Durand  that  he  is  ready  to  go  into  the  Prfi'ncfh  exploitation 
within  a  few  weeks.  The  new  battery  1b  a  .great  success • 

ji'j \JUl- 


Yours  very  truly, 


E.  H.  Johnson,  Esq., 

Metropolitan  life  Bldg., 

Mew  York  City,  M.  Y. 

Hear  Sir: 

Yours  of  recent  date  requesting  an  interview 
received.  Mr.  Edison  directs  me  to  write  you  that  he  will 
he  at  the  laboratory  most  of  next  week  and  that  you 
might  ask  on  the  telephone  to  he  sure.  Phone  Mo. 


He  also  Bays  that  new  phonograph , companies 
are  wringing  »p  and  Being  inte  tondn  ef  necelrnna 

Yours  very  truly.. 


July  Bth  09, 

C.  E.  Gove,  Esq. , 

Milan ,  Ohio. 

Dear  Sir: 

Yours  of  the  6th  instant  regarding  the 
insurance  on  the  Milan,  Ohio,  property^  received.  Mr. 
Edison  directs  we  to  write  you  to  insure  it  as  hefhre. 

Yours  -.vary  truly, 


P.  S.  Kindly  send  the  hill  and  policy -to  Orange. 



June  21st  1909. 


Please  figure  tills  out  and  let  me  know  what  .you 


Take  a  wheeled  vehicle,  assume  the  wheels  have  a 
diameter  of  30"  that  the  hearing  a  diameter  of  2" 
That  the  friction  on  the  bearing  at  the  worst  is 
l/20th  of  the  weight 

That  the  vehicle  travels  40  miles 
That  there  is  no  friction  on  the  road  or  steel 
rail,  hut  only  on  the  hearings. 

What  will  he  the  H.  P.  hours  expended,  also  what 
proportion  does  this  hear  to  the  known  power  required  to 
go  that  distance  on  ordinary  roads  with  rubber  tires  as 
in  practice. 

As  Pullman  Journals  have  a  friction  much  lower  than 
l/40th  of  the  weight,  and  a  good  automobile  is  as  good, 
ascertain  if  the  percentage  of  power  gained  is  worth  the 
trouble  and  expense  for  power  saved  by  roller  bearings* 

My  experience  seems  to  confirm  my  calculations  but  J 
may  be  in  error  somewhere. 


Copy  of*  letter  sent  to  Chief  Engineer  G.  A.  "Wells,  of 
Adams  Express  Co.  OrlgM  sent  in  Hr.  Edison's  handwriting 
on  yellow  pad.  lead  pencil. 

July  8th  09. 

C.  M.  Chapman,  Eaq., 

Vest inghous e ,  Church,  Xerr  &  Co., 

10  Bridge  Street,  hew  York . 

Dear  Sir: 

Replying  to  yours  of  the  25th  ult.  hr.  Edison 
has  instructed  me  .to  send  a  check  to  A.  E.  Budder  &  Co., 
Sydney,  Australia  for  the  amounting  of  their  hill, 

51  pounds  12  shillings,  and  request  them  to  sell  the 
material'  in  storage  for  junk,  and  remit  the  proceeds. 

A.  E.  Rudder  &  Co,  speak  in  their  letter  of 
having  drawn  on  you  throu^i  Austin  Baldwin  &  Co..,  hew 
Yark  for  fifty  pounds.  If  this  draft  comes  in  I  pressume 
you  will  have  it  returned  with  the  advice  that  the 
hill  haB  been  paid  direct  by  Mr.  Edison. 

Yours  very  truly, 



-Rational  Phono*  Co. , 

Foreign  Department, 

Mr.  W.  Stevens,  ligr., 

lO  Fifth  Ave. ,  Rev?  York. 

Dear  Sir.: 

Your  letter  of  the  6th  instant  requesting  the 
dimensions  of .  the  premises  at  10  Fifth  Ave. ,  received, 
tin  -reply  3  "beg  to  state  that  the  size  of  the  lot  is 
100  feet  deep,  hy  28  l/2  feet -wide. 

Yours  very  truly, 



3K»ar  firs.  Willard : 

Beplying  to  your  letter  of  the  9th 
instant  .regarding  your  move  to  the  Bellevuo-Stratford, 
jfc,  Syer  sailed  Tor  Europe  this  morning,  mo  1  *ould  1104 
«e  him  regarding  ihe  matter  *f  haring  your  *»*  sent 
lahoxatery  *i*act,  Tor  parent,  *»•”•*  J  took 
44  -sp  eith  fir.  Bdison  and  he  said  --all  right ,  J»»*  the 
^llevae-Stratf-ord  send  hills  here., 

Tom  continue*  to  improve  and  «ith  lest 

-regard*-,  -1  sm. 

Yours  very  taruly. 

Eofirs.  Beatrice  Willard, 

1929  Wallace  Street, 


July  lath  09. 

Geo.  O.  Bergeron,  Bsq.» 

Latohford,  Out. ,  Canada., 

Dear  Sir: 

In  reply  to  your  letter  of  the  6th  instant 
Mr.  Bdleon  directs  me  to  write  you  to  pay  no  attention 
to  any  letters  except  those  from  John  V.  -Hiller  or 
letters  from  this  office. 

Yours  -very  truly. 




22th  09. 

y.  X.  Upton,  Esq., 

«08  Union  Building, 

Clinton  Street, 

Jrewal*>  Jersey' 

Bear  Sir: 

Mto * r1! to  ”” irtt"  °f  «• •*  •— * 

direct.  „  *  «lt„  „  ^  yon  ^ 

^ineer,  Department  streets  and  Hleta, 

assistant  *«  «,  t  ^  Sietarayo  and  his 

*  laWato,y  ™  imt  W  w 

—  *•  —  —  «*.  *  »  w 

Yours  very  troly9 


33r.  "B-  Sumaett  :2a±n* 

CoBsnlsBionBr  cf  Public  Health, 

Sxiebaswj  t^ceonslana,  AuetswOiB.. 

Dear  Sir: 

Your  letter  of  the  4th  «T  Jsm  r*^a*aing  the 
TsaviaZ  picture  -as  -an  establish*!  »eih*a  education 
T«o&lT<ia .  Hr.  Bdieon  airecte  me  to  writ*  '7®®  t}uit 
lam  -of  PaSie  Ixeree,  ‘of  JPuria-,  Pwano«»  "hairfe  mate  some 
TUa*  of  tW*  character  -and  ihey  W»«3*l  ^^ertein  *° 

W  *f  the  other  aafcWtt,  *«  e«*t  «r'*hl*  *6*  *»  *= 


3he  screen  -picture  eftilch  SA£sen  aaid  he  <*** 

„p«taanting  *3*h  cm  *?ter  «*e  and  introatmea 
4a-«w  -ttisatre*  of  this  Cota&ssy-  4*!afic»ii£*a  awrBsal  ^M* 
m9Bt  aljroaa  -and  2&.  T»amie*e  a>f  Sxssstok,  *'&**■  . 

^  »<«m  ±b  bf  ^se  «ase  'you-i»  **»* 

T»  Mi  ifliTl  in  ^^owen-nchboi-.  Technical  wiJtfeeta  and 
4WC  Vrwich  ««W  ba  ^Qwn  *9  ^(Av*X 

entile.  «*M*»  ^  "** 

by  the  pollen-  S*  ***  *^MKa  ** 


July  12-til  09. 

Thomas  Murphy,  "Esq. , 

Eurrlsdi-nai ,  Yea, 

■Victoria,  Australia. 

Dear  Sir: 

Your  letter  of  the  15th  of  May  regarding  the 
extermination  of  rabbits  In  your  country,  .received-  Ur. 
Ddiaen  directs  me  to  write  you  that  In  ear  western 
country  the  rabbits  are  'kept  down  by  a  wall  prairie 
wolf  called  a  Coyotte.  These  -at  one  time  destroyed  spme 
efceep  and  the  etate  offered  a  reward  for  each  pelt,  but 
yery  wotm  the  rabbit  multiplied  »  fart  that  they  bed  to 
rescind  the  law  and  breed  coyotte e,  otherwise  the 
crap*  jbT  rtiole  country  wcn&d  have  been  destroyed, 

they*  was  soon  a  balance  of  nature  between  the 
rmttoit*  and  ccyottea5  when  the  ooyottea  get  in  «®c«ew 
and  attack  the  Sheep  they  trap  and  poison  &*»  40  a 
certain  wjctant-.  -r; 

Of  emorBs  anineulated  wire  about -three  or  four 
4*9*.  above  the  ground  and  charged  with  alternating 
current  cf  12  to  1500  wolts  would  kill  *»*.  «** 

it  and  it  could  be  run  over  immense 
charged' at  particular  time,  to  prevent  ivuspx^p  *m., 


-  2  - 

I’or  instance ,  a  line  ten  miles  long  could  be  laid 
temporarily  having  several  wires  aide  by  side  so  the 
rabbits  would  he  certain  to  come  in  contact  with  one, 
and  then  a  drive  by  men  could  be  made . 

Yours  very  truly. 


H.  H.  Harjes,  Ssq., 

51,  Boulevard  HausBmann, 

My  dear  Hr.  Harjes: 

Your  letter  of  the  2nd  instant 
received.  Say  to  your  father  that  the  new  battery  1b  all 
right  at  last ,  that  we  are  manufacturing  them  in  a 
email  way  here  and  that  the  Berlin  con? any  le  getting 
ready  to  manufacture ,  and  that  shortly  I  -shall  notify 
J.  p.  Morgan  &  Co.  In  Hew  York  that  they  can  go  ahead 
with  their  con? any. 

1  am  sorry  to  hear  of  youT  father's  illness,  hut 
I  guess  he  will  pass  it  vTt ,  as  he  has  always  seemed  to 
me  to  hare  an  immense  reserve  of  vitality;  enough  to 
carry  him  to  90  or"S5. 

Yours  very  truly. 

July  13th  09, 

J,  9.  JRoye,  Esq,, 

17  Bouverle  St., 

I-ondoTi,  England. 

Bfar  Hr.  Roys? 

Your  letter  of  the  2nd  Instant  regarding 
the  Edison  Ore  proposition,  received.  1  am  afraid  that 
you  rill  have  to  place  all  the  hlame  for  the  failure 
pf  the  Norway  scheme  on  Sir  Joseph  .Lawrence,  He  took  the 
whole  thing  out  of  ray  hands,  discarded  all  our  experience , 
■eoretly  hired  my  chief  draftsman;  who  he  supposed  designed 
■Or  machinery  and  who  absolutely  had  no  experience,  Who 
only  worked  like  a  parrot  talks .  The  result  i»  failure 
of  the  mill  and  the  suicide  of  the  chief  draftsman. 

In  the  hands  of  competent  people  the  BoiWay  scheme 
•would  produce  millions. 

Begardiijg  the  Battery,  -I  have  already  disposed  of 
the  rights  sew 1  can  do  nothing  in  that  -line.  Sir  Ernest 
Wsasil  and  J, Horgan  &  Co.  have  it  for  England,  so 
p^fcaps  they  would  let  you  participate  in  it, 

Thanking  you  fe*  your  kind  expressions,  Believe  me, 
Ywtrs  very  truiy. 


sailer,  Bsav 
199  Hajst  SarJcet  St.? 

Wfcron.,  Ohio. 

Bear  Six: 

Tirur  letter  of  the  12th  instant  regarding 
the  'Western  Agency  T«r  the  storage  battery,  received. 

«r".  Edison  directs  **  tD  write  you  that  the  ianaden  Co . 
ail!  sot  give  agencies.  He  says  Tor  you  to  get  gp 
your  company  end  the  Xansden  Go.  ariU.  give  you  a 
license  for  »  WH  royalty  yayment. 

Yours  vary  truly, 

■  .■  i /// 

Secrstary.  / 


JTnjLy  J.5th  09 

DsEoeu  Chemical  "tytrrh s, 

Saeize ,  near  Stmover3  Germany  • 


3pth  samples  of  -the  Dlnitrobenzine.,  received’, 

"but  they  do  net  woric.  A  number  of  years  ago  I  bought 
from  you  two  or  three  aOlos  of  Dinitro  that  was  C.  P-., 
as  marhed  in  yflur  catalogue.  It  is  in  very  long  needles, 
they  work  perfect .  There  Is  evidently  some  impurity 
in  the  Dinit ro  Bailee  you  cent,  which  is  absent  from 
the  <J,  P.  Jinltro  •  <!ould  thin  be  obtained  at  not  too 
great  a  price?  1  thlnfc  1  could  get  you  a  regular 
customer  for -considerable  quantities. 

Should  you  send  sample  please  do  not  send  less  than 
three  ounce.-  Prompt  receipt  cf  samples  desirable.^  *»***• 

Yours  very  truly,. 

July  17  th. 

C.  S'.  Siehanthal,  Esq.., 

TJc  S'.  Geological  Survey, 

■ffashlngton,  D.  C. 

Dear  Sir: 

Yours  of  the  14th  instant  regarding  cadmium 
received.  Mr.  Edison  directs  me  to  write  you  that 
we  use  only  a  small  quantity  in  our  solder,  so  that  it 
will  not  he  attacked  hy  potadh. 

Yours  very  truly, 



3 .  Cook,  Jr.,  Boq. , 

931  Sixteenth  St., 

Denver,  Colorado. 

Dear  Sir: 

YourB  of  the  13th  instant  regarding  the 
cement  house,  received.  Mr.  Edison  directs,  me  to  write 
you  that  the  newspapers  have  it  wrong.  Me  will  only 
pour  a  portion  of  the  house  to  test  his  forms.  Making 
the  forms  is  very  Blow  work  and  he  cannot  set  a  day 
when  they  will  all  he  finished. 

Yours  very  truly, 

jte' V.'  Wk 2 ^ ** '  ‘  ’  '  " 1 


'C.  S»  browning ,  Ee  <1* » 
la^wellyn  Salk, 

^fcal;  Orange,  N.  J- 

tM>ar  ®irt  __a__, 

1M,  tottK  «  «"■»«>  . 

*  ««:*>«.»  co.'»  WMW**4*44* 
♦>!«>  noise  at  ttee  -Battery  ^  ,  _ .+._ 

lir.  -Sals**  directs**  to 

*0,1*8 -tt*  sTenlag,  recelnr^  ***  ^ 

«t.  ^  ■*-* *e  do  aia  116  “  z  ** 

*<***'  *°  1S  "XOBinE  i*e  «**»« 

tr>  -see  It  1x6  caann  ^3^  -we  ‘wS.23- 

*.  tli«  noise  is  conveyed  **  ^ 

ajae  to  reduce  it  very  ***' 

^  -yours  very  truly-, 


July  22nd  09. 

Joust kotua  institute  of  Electrical  Engineers, 

25  ¥«st  39th  street,  Eew  York  City,  ft.  S', 


Stee  years  ago  it  was  tqy  good  fortune  to  become 
the  possessor  or  an  Original  Journal  of  the  late  Prof . 

«,  *,  B.  Horan,  -Which  contains  a  running  diary.  Also 
topis*  Of  correspondence  between  him  and  the  Secretary  of 
the  Treasury  wnfl  others,  relating  to  .the  installation 
Of  his  original  telegraph  line. 

*AS  this  appears  to  me  to  he  a  metter  of  great 
SdiMltltlc  and  public  interest,  1  feel  that  this  Journal 


'  8hbUld  be  placed  where  it  may  be  accessible  to  others,^ 
wtiA  t  therefore  take  htuCh  pleasure  in  forwarding  the  same 
jbtfrwritk,  add  in  presenting  it  to  your  institute  in  the 
£{»{»  that  It  "bo  deemed  worthy  of  receiving  a  place 

vfchfe  wenfcntoeti  Of  the  telegraphic  art  In  your^ibrary. 

I^ours  respectfully',-"'"* 

3uiy  '26th  09. 

Arthur  Brishano,  Esq. , 

Haw  York  Evening  Journal, 

Haw  York  City. 

Yours  of  the  23rd  Instant  addressed  to  Ur. 

.  received.  Mr.  Mi...  direef  ~  «  mlt*  *“* 

„  no.d.  «M  «ta«  to  ««•  *•  “  **M  " 

r«w  ready  for  hio  no.  pourod  house  sud  mute  to  jooa- 
and  one  .«ri«  «  the  1»W-  »>  "* 

„,.d  it  for  three  or  four  me*.  —  .«.r  ers.eri.ent 
ean  iot  yon  have  it,  until  reedy  to  .pour  ooupl.t.  house. 

Yours  vary  truly, 


July  29th  09, 

Hr.  Ira  1£.  Miller, 

199  Baet  Market  Street, 

Akron,  Ohio. 

Dear  Mr.  Miller: 

Replying  to  youra  of  the  22nd  instant 
i  beg  to  state  that  Mr.  Edison  sent  for  Hr.  Lansden 
and  had  a  talk  with  him  on  the  istfbject  of  a  license . 

Mr.  lansden  is  doing  some  figuring  ana  will  write  you  • 
shortly . 

With  best  regards,  1  nm, 

Yours  very  truly. 

Secretary , 


Aug»  2nd  09. 

Writer o  Alining  3c  Be&uctlon  Co,  ,  ltd.., 

3tr.  ”3?.  Sirkegafird,  'Managing  Director, 

Beluro,  Ontario,  Canada, 

»ear  &ir: 

Yours  ©f  the  27  th  tilt,  regarding  cobalt  received, 
Ydr.  JM&son  directs  ae  tb  write  you  that  about  three 
yeairs  SLgo  "he  bad  a  iise  for  cobalt  and  could  haftro  used 
several  to no  daily  of  metallic »  could  he  ha-re  got  -ore 
on  the  basic  of  seventy  cents  per  -pound  for  cobalt,  so  . 
that  he  could  -produce  It  for  one  dollar.  Be  was  treated 
so  ahmaefully  by  Srethesay,  Bippising  and  -other  hogs  that 
he  -could  do  nothing.  He  then  went  into  extensive  wg«r4- 
-aentfl  to  find  a  substitute  and  after  two  Years  of  very 
^apeSBlve  work  found  -a  substitute  which  serres  hit 
©«  that  he  no  longer  requires  cobalt, 
y«l8  -rnther  sore  of  thio  cobalt  business  us 
ha  sagpe-nded  m  large  amount  of  money  which  vae  lost, 
dimply  because  the  people  up  there  wanted  to  hog  everything. 

Secretary-,  ' 

Sours  very  truly, 

Aug.  2nd  Q?.- 

&  Co.,- 

5Broad-Bx  chang  e  j 

Hew  York  City . 

Dear  -Sira: 

Youth  of  3«*  »».  reg.  dine  tie  b.ttery 
„08lv.d.  Kr.  *«.«  *«<*■  -  “  »“•  y°U  “** 
»«.xy  1=  «■»««  ”*a«  — ““ 
^y  .old  .»  t.  .  *»«— *  for  a  . «-**»•• 

B^.o-dlng  ito  co »<*■«  "OUl" 

on.  -third  coapl.tod  *0*  tM  ««»• 

Yours  vary  truly , 


August  13 ,  1909 . 

S.  Bergmann,  'Esq., 

23/24  OudenarderBtr. , 

Berlin,  Germany. 

'.iy  dear  Bergnnnn: 

I  shall  he  in  a  position  to  give  you  in  a  few 
weeks  all  the  data  for  machinery  for  the  new  cell. 

We  are  now  making  and  selling  8a  cells  per  day.  In  six 
weeks  our  output  will  reach  250  per  day.  We  have  W  ^eatly 
reduced  the  cost  of  flake  and  have  increased  the  0U^J^2ur 
latest  changed  nickel  leader  from  four  cells  -per  dayto  -eoven,  and 
I  believe  we  -can  increase  it  still  further. 

1  hit.,  notified  Morgan  ae  to  Bogush  Conpany  and  gate  hi.  a 
to  withdraw,  hot  ho  .aid  ho  did  not  dart  to  withdraw  end 
would  go  ahead  and  for.  the  oaopony  and  put  it  through,  placing 
the  technical  tttnagement  under  ay  control.  the  oaae  in  Pari 
Yon  will  prohaii:  got  a  large  mount  of  wore  fro.  thla.  I  ehall 
not  hare  «y  e  -io*  wort,  oe.r  there  at  we  a.  i-P-d  the 
costa  at  our  ‘  noal  Work,  tint  they  comd  not  cheapen  it  at  all, 
a„d  besides  would  ™n  the  risk  of  asking  tad  .tuff.  By  working 
Siler  lake  weak,  with  larger  .»tp«  *  «•»»!  «pen.e  o«.e  down 
.0  -Ch  that  I  feel  oar.  1  ear.  lay  down  in  Bonin  your  iron  »d 
Plakol  Hydroaidee  Ohoaper  than  yon  could  oake  it  yonr.elf . 

we  are  goto;  to  he  ewampod  with  ordors  for  battery  core,  a.  are  ahon,  11,000  MW  «.«*-  *»  ««  ■*“  ^ 

are  aiclc  of  Lead  battery.  Of  the  six  largest  factories  for  this 
kind  of  vehicle  they  are  to  build  this  year  3500,  so  you  see  with 

aev  vehicles  and  replacing  of  Lead  batteries,  to  say  nothing  of 
trucks,  we  are  going  to  have  a  fine  business. 

Please  do  not  mention^b^lse  I  ms  requested  to  say  nothing. 
"fhC^!nt  °f  ^  It5llan  haa  juat  left  for  Italy  with  $0 

new^colls  for  test  far  the  purpose  of  displacing  Tudor  cells  In  the 
submarines.  The  Agent  is  an  electrician  and  says  that  lead 
. 'batteries  will  never  do  what  all  navies  want,  and  that  if  ny 
curve  tests  are  confirmed,  his  department  alone  will  take  many 
thous*ad  horse  power.  If  this  is  true,  there  ought  to  be  big 
sales  for  this  purpose. 

I  enclose  ar.  article  from  a  trade  paper  in  re  battery. 

-  •'*£  '  g 

fours  very  truly,  _  § 


Aug.  13,  1309, 

Baron  ron  Olegar, 

So.  1*7  Ruvigny  Gardens, 

Dear  Sir: 

London,  5.  Vf. , 

England  • 

Replying  to  your  letters  of  .Tuly  51  at  and  August  3rd 
regarding  the -rights  for  the  sale  of  the  Storage  Battery  in  England, 
1  bog  to  say  that  these  were  disposed  of  to  3*r,  J.  S.  Morgan 
and  Sir  'Brneat  Caosell,  and  I  can  therefore  do  nothing  for  you  ih 
the  matter,  . 

Yours  very  truly. 


August  XI tli,  1909 

Copy  of  telegram  sent  to  Bergmann,  Berlin. 

Xaisonoell : 

Berlin,  Geimnny. 

J«t.r  mp  <wt  « 

Ed  is  t»‘ 


August  16th, 1909 

.  ',7  ill la*  P.  Garrety, 
c/o  Pr.  laird, 

Heverstraw ,  N.Y. 


'AH  S1H:- 

yours  of  the  13th  lust,  regarding  your 

»MUt,  »  rctw  t.  «*  *—«•*• 

Tia  floes  uot  inii sno 
irects  me  to  write  you  that  he  floes 

,  on  pianos  end  fill  not 

o  continue  hie  expert 

.  ,o  «*Hm  ^  10"S"‘ 

youra  very  truly. 

August  19,  19 

a*.  u.  martin,  Editor, 

Elaotrioal  world, 

#239  west  39th  Street, 
Sew  York  City. 

Dear  Sir: 

Yours  of  the  16th  InBt., 

asking  for  the  number  of  the  house  whioh  was  oc- 
oupied  "by  Kr.  Edison  ot  Gramneroy  park,  Sew  York 
City  received.  in  reply  beg  to  state  that  Hr, 
Edison  cannot  remember  the  number. 

Yours  truly. 



Ilia  Roibman  Co., 


Replying  to  yourB  of  the  13  bh  inst. ,  onolos- 
inc  liiH  from  Hoary  A.  Hendry ,  I  took  tho  mattor  up  with 
Er.  Frod  Ott  who  says  no  gaff  hook  was  purchased  last 
season,  or  tho  season  bofora. 

I’loaso  ascertain,  if  possible,  towhora  it  was 


Yours  v ary  truly , 




Aug,  30tH  09. 

John  Morris,  Usq. , 

yioasant  Valley, 

3Tew  York  State. 

Sear  -Sir: 

Your  letter  of  the  27th  inat.  also  samples 
received.  Mr.  3dieon  aireote  rad  to  urite  you  to  lie  sure 
and  tost  all  slate  vith  acidj  aa  cedent  rook  in  many 
cwits  looks  exactly  like  slate. 

Yourfc  ver^  truly, 

Ass’t  Secret wy* 





lao-tq  ttW- 
f  «*j|ie3CB# 

It  ni  iio-Y 
n  ti 

t  esU  II* m 

)n«au  bus 

Au*»  31et 

fceo,  38q,  > 

^eiaingan , 


*a*r  Sir: 

Jn  reply  to  Wf  latter  .of  the  a^th  of  fvly 
«g**lng  <ifc«  ponograph,  Mr.  Mdiaon  directs  me  to  write 
V° U  th9  ifi  due  to  the  uneven  position 

of  the  wax  recording  material-,  the  record  knife  dig8  to 
softer  and  thus  the  rustling  sound  is  the  record 
«f  this.  «*uld  we  get  it  Absolutely  homeogenicue  there 
would  he  no  scratch- 

Xoure  very  truly. 



Sept.  1,  I**- 

aith  the  usual 

ftrnnpn,  T.  •■  * 

?./CUne  t}’.o  daisy  in  answeritis  your  terras  at  the 
i'auv  of  my  office  fare©  have  been  s*ay  on  vacations 
routine  of  correspondence  las  thus  been  in,tn.-er-«~ 

vierdVi'u;  to  your  enquiry,  I  would  say  that  to  a  certain 
^  >vp  „  f  vovtr  friends  was  correct .  ft*  1  irCv 
*.a.  <on  or  incandescent  electric  <**•»»  ^ 

^eh^d  ,™,  was  at  Koaelle,  ^ 

.-.•■'"t in  oueration  on  .lanuary  l9*'1*  “ 

’iant  Oysto^  end  for  « coney  in  -ductom,  U* 
'"Jce“  ,nil,  piar.  was  not  fa21sr» 

lamps4  were  operated  thro  a  in  series.  afterwards 

+-n-flB--ire  system  shortly  aX  »«**-« 
io  subsequent  plants,  as  •  every*hcr 

came  Into  use  and  has  reined  the  one  practical-, 

^  „0,  actually  the  pioneer.  She  i’i^ 

Hie  HvfiHlXt  p*a-nt  -as  " 

4.^  „„c  t  established  in  Pearl  b 
y,el  Central  Station  vas  — •  in  ouera-tiun  81 

iert  York  City,  aim  - 

®l..  W».  *»  ”  *»!*.■-•  il*"l't’ 

it„d  1«*,.  *•  -W*~  “f  -  li™‘'  ^  ° 

Bp tember  4th,  1BB2. 

rlthour-h  none  families 
iquently  t-amte  «wrrsa-. 

-Stt*  4W«S->  -S&iu-, 


%»  are  returning  to  you  “byWell's  Srago  *  Co, 
i&gsreBO,  iSD  cUttheR  of  Silver  nitrate,  which  :you  flipped 
to  ns  about  two  "wafetQ  Ago,  on  order  So.  7SS9» 

^Sn  inspection,  found  the  crystal®  decidedly  moist 
wia  in  that  condition  Unfit  for  the  particular  work  on 
vih-wd  -  Will  .you  at  your  earliest  oonvtenlenes  forward 
200  -ounces  highest  grade  silver  hitrate  whloh  you 
manufacture  and  vshich  is  absolutely  dry  and  in  a  ttry 

Youre  very  truly, 




Sept,  9th  09  c 

North  Jersey  Paint  Co., 

W"  s'  Mallory,  Esq.,  Pres'  , 

Stewart  sville,  New  Jersey'. 
Bear  Mr.  Mallory; 

„  Y0U1S  °f  the  8t*  instant  regarfing 

the  pay  roll  of  the  N.  J.  Palnt  Cn  n  - 

Th.  alnt  Co*  at  0range,  received. 

Pay  roll  covers  experimental  work  which  is  being 
^ne  oy  llalph  Arhogast  at  Silver  lake,  Mew  Jersey, 
under  instructions  from  Mr.  Edison. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Secretary.  J 

■  ,  \  y.  jf \ J  ,  /  r 


aw*  09. 

-S.  M*}., 

^  Aysenuo , 

tfw  Y<ji*  JCity. 

**>w  ask.  *eacfc: 

?»  awsly  to  your  loiter  of  -<th»  J.Otb 
^lastaxrt  Mr.  ®4l*t>n  4Areetc,,me  to  yrtte  mt  /w*  yon 
the  enona.tms  4iffe^.*Mw»  An  jr^ce  yof  wtvrp? 

Xw^e  ..y^jrjr  truly, 

Secret a ly. 

14th  69. 

John  Mad»j  2U 

1.305  Arch  Strict, 

aaaa^aeisihia,  f *» 


Jr  -rrr^?  'tD  y»4s‘  -letter  -of  the  10th  inetcctt 
Jr.  Jfittn  Exerts  t»  to  ^rcite  you  -that  yam  little  hook 
mM  TMel»ed«U  &*»«*«& log  -Of  the  jauhjsct 

feat  At  ±*  -cttrlaM"  that  hpfea*  found  -that  the  only^»ay 
to  ccwgia*  Tt*k  ^strong  «3lBtis«h  ®f 

do  fey  jfcsiklqg  with  «£W?eitUti  flxlde  «hC  tilteriBK- 
4Sjgr  jagneslujn  «x*h*  alone  eboUld  do  this  .4*  jsetiaar 
^■ytige.  a^le  yhenojaefloja  was  ropnd  >pr  trying  to  prevent 
Aae  **efcfa$J»g  Of  the  jOfcsllne  electrolyte  in  *$»  Jrtorag* 

Xiojire  twry  %p&> ys 


sept*  20th  o>. 

C- JB.  Jaiiott,.  ,  Prea.-tretUj.* 

Hajiufacturfng  Co^parly, 
lienj-o  Hath,  New  Jersey, 

JJear  -Sir; 

Swjes  of  ~tha  18th  instant  enclosing  aj?rote*t 
for  ifc.  Bdioflntfi  signature,  received.  Shis  has  "been 
signed  and  I  beg  to  ^jiclope  the.jiajne  herewith.  ap 

Sours  very  truly. 



•John  Uori&B, 

^5  SJaLsOesx 

^ongiaca^psM.,  'Net-  Xo^at^ 

3e*  Sir: 

Endowed  ^rsase  ^ind  laoney  order  for '104. VS 
•oaverdag  y**r  fflpraw  -account  fo r'ire efc  endirtg.'sept . 
iSth  i©09> 'Kindly  &>ekwfla-efigfi  receipt  «f 

fours  very,  truly 


^  io.xxite  I*33 

-ypur  aa**'”  ^ct^0  ^ex-ai-tb*  CeBient  *****'  ■ 


Slat  <>&, 

Benson  jiines  ^ 

**  X*  ^^aoe*  W. ,  -V.  -j> 

Six;  -***4*^  ,?8aaft' 

Tb&rrSa g  t0  7oxr 

•grossed  4o  iir,  Br  °f  3th 

an  *■*  *»■** 
^  "«>«1K„  ^  oMJm 

Letterbook,  LB-081 

This  letterbook  covers  the  period  September  1 909-February  1910.  Most 
of  the  correspondence  is  by  Edison,  Harry  F.  Miller,  and  George  A.  Meister. 
Many  of  the  letters  relate  to  laboratory  work  and  supplies  and  to  Edison’s 
accounts  with  the  Edison  Portland  Cement  Co.  and  J.P.  Morgan  &  Co.  There 
is  also  correspondence  regarding  the  resumption  of  production  of  Edison's 
alkaline  storage  battery;  the  manufacture  of  batteries  in  Germany  and  Great 
Britain;  and  ongoing  progress  in  the  development  of  molds  and  patterns  to  be 
used  in  the  construction  of  the  concrete  house.  Also  included  is  a  letter  to  J.  A. 
Bensel,  president  of  the  New  York  City  Board  of  Water  Supply,  in  which  Edison 
discusses  a  contract  to  supply  cement  for  the  construction  of  part  of  the  Catskill 
aqueduct.  Among  the  items  pertaining  to  family  and  personal  matters  are 
letters  concerning  Edison’s  health;  finances;  membership  in  clubs  and 
societies;  charitable  donations;  and  the  upkeep  of  his  winter  home  in  Fort 
Myers,  Florida.  In  addition,  there  is  correspondence  involving  Edison’s  opinion 
of  phrenology;  Charles  Edison’s  entrance  into  the  freshman  class  at  the 
Massachusetts  Institute  of  Technology;  and  a  visit  by  a  Chinese  minister. 

The  label  on  the  front  cover  contains  the  following  notation:  "Thomas  A. 
Edison  Personal  From  Sept.  27, 1909  To  Feb.  5, 1910."  There  is  an  inscription 
on  the  spine  with  similar  information.  The  book  contains  702  numbered  pages 
and  an  index.  Approximately  10  percent  of  the  book  has  been  selected. 


ttfjrt.  28th 

-H.  2><.  Britlgtoan,  Eaq. , 

®S  WolBt  44th  Street, 

Uw  Yottc  City*  ST.  Y. 


In  reply  to  your  letter  of  the  25xd  iturtant 
*fc*&«g  m  to  beeotte  &  member  Of  the  Honorary  Reception 
uaifiswitttbe  tb  eelctfino  ISfcButehant  Emoet  K.  Bhadkleton 
on  Mu  «*p*bted  Vioit  te  the  United  States  In  the  near 
future ,  I  beg  to  Say  that  ytfu  have  my  permission  to 
use  my  name , 

Youxe  very  truly. 


I  •' 


Sept.  27,1909. 

Deut oehe  Edison  Akkumulatoren  Co. 

Drontlieimerstr .  35-38, 

Berlin,  K. ,  Germany, 


Referring  to  my  letter  of  February  llth 
last,  I  hereby  beg  to  inform  you  that  actual  manufacture 
of  new  Type  "A"  tube  cell  apparatus  was  commenced  commer¬ 
cially  by  the  Edison  Storage  Battery  Company  July  let, 

1909,  bo  that  commencing  January  1st,  lfJlo,  all  the 
terms  and  conditiono  of  the  contract  between  ue  of  Septem¬ 
ber  28th,  1905,  shall  again  go  into  full  force  and  effept. 
Please  acknowledge  receipt  of  this  letter,  in  order  that 
I  may  know  that  this  notification  has  been  formally  brought 
to  your  attention. 

Your b  very  truly. 


s«p*.  xstii  m. 

w.  h.  $04.,  Factory  iifth.* 

3ul«T?  Vet if  CO. »  Flint J  l&chi&wi. 

Sean  31t: 

*  Yonrte  of  the  ia«t  infant  re«M-ditt«  «nnJ»«H»4 
■sheet  ixoir“rec«ived.  W»*  Kfliaoti  atbwste  teO  td  Irtite  V0*1 
that  the  .sheet  Iron  fa  iflaSe  bV  WQte£bo8$>  4x1  JMitinWr#*  ^ 

•but  that  He  tiaoa  not  Jmoar  the  parties .  'v% 

Ttr.  Sale  on  alaa  «sk»  why  the  Bufek  '■*••■  ««d»#  tjWca^ 
their  chart!*  stW  buiUl  stn  » doctor  haft  TmMmxy  ^ 

nasuftco  electrics  for  fti'ty  uaet  We  are  selling  Xotp  «,0 . 

^  Hat  torioo  fn*  poi^oae.  The  w  Hat  ter y 

:grras.30^  .more  output  .than -«M  owe  **•*  Tox"'  ^  '*■-■ 

ysBsu»-  *'J  J 

■Jfoura  very  truly. 


Friend  Williams: 

Yours  of  the  27th  instant  received. 

Many  thanks  for  invitation.  I  saw  the  river  illumination 
from  the  Palisades,  on  bluff  just  above  your  coal  pile; 
and  Tuesday  night  I  -rent  in  my  auto  up  5th  Avenue  to 
length  of  Riverside  Drive,  thence  back  and  over  the 
big  iron  bridge,  then  back  to  59th  street  and  down 
Broadway.  So  you  sea  I  have  taken  in  all  I  want  to  see. 

The  best  specimen  of  lighting  is  your  waterfront 
station,  and  the  other  points  done  by  the  station  bunch 
for' the  reason  that  your  lights  are  in  alignment  and  not  . 
wavy  and  the  outlines  are  complete  and  not  ragged.  I  also 
noted  something  which  was  a  little  foxy.  The  C  P  or 
voltage  waB  a  little  higher  than  populace. 

That  Hew  York  exhibit,  I  guess,  beats  anything  yet 
and  I  guess  you  are  all  proud  of  it.  "  I  am."  Guess  I 
will  not  come  in  again,.  I  do  not  suppose  your  load  is 
greatly  above  normal  on  account  of  the  hours  when  lights 
go  on,  the  motors  go  off. 

^  J&V*  aft*** 

Hew  York  City. 


Sept.  29th  09. 

Brooke  Brothers, 

3road\vay  &  22nd  St., 

New  York  City,  H.  Y. 


Yours  of  the  25th  inBtant  received.  I 
misunderstood  your  letter  as  referring  to  my  son 
William  Edison.  As  far  ae  Charles  Edison  is  concerned 
I  will  be  responsible  for  anything  he  may  purchase. 

Yours  very  truly, 

7?  " 

Berlin,  IT.  Germany, 
dear  Be rgmann: 

Your  letter  of  the  17th  instant  received 
and  in  reply  beg  to  say  that  I  am  now  collecting  all  the 
data,  drawings  etc.  for  a  complete  outfit  for  England  and 
F.'-nce,  for  Morgan.  It  will  be  ;iae  before  I  can 

':0n”let^  d*awin«e  together.  I  .win  then  submit  the 
whole  to  them  with  estimates  of  costs,  approximately,  for 
equipping  the  two  factories.  If  it  is  *11  settled  you  will 
probably  get  most  of  the  , aginary  to  build,  as  I  shall  ha# 
put  in  thti  °°ntraet  that  I  shall  hare  control  of  the 
2*flhnJoa.l  management  Until  the  factories  are  working 
..  -ij.aoi.orv,>  .  analL  have  to  call  on  you  as  regards  men  etc. 
V/e  have  been  making  .100  cells  daily,  but  Monday  start 
making  200  cells  and  have  ordered  machinery  for  500  cells 

The  family  runabout  is  getting  very  popular  in  this 
Country,  lor  next  year  the  Waverly  Co.  builds  3000;  the 
Baker  1600;  the  Columbus  Buggy  Co.  1500;  the  Anderson 
Buggy  Co.  1200;  Babcock  of  Buffalo  600;  Woods  of  Chicago 
800,  and  about  1/2  dozen  others  2500.  About  12000  of  the 

so.  They  are  uses!  mostly  by  women  in 
use  40  sells.  The  teats  made  by  the 

110  milee  on  A  4  and  168  to  176  for 

lead  battery.  The  truck 

the  load  batteries  are  sold  for  a  little 

less  than  one  half  of  our  price  and  give  150  complete 
charges  and  then  must  be  renewed  at  50# -of  their  original 
coat..  Our  A  cells  will  certainly  give  1200  charge o  and 
then  can  be  renewed  at  60#  of  the  original  cost  with  big 
profit.  'IhiB  is  the  way  it.  works  out: 

150  charges?,  220 

2100  "  1530 

2250  ”  1740 

2400  "$  I860  -  f  9: 

that  the  lead  la  the  expensive  battery^ 

another  thing  is 

the  same  capacity  our  battery  1 

only  one  half  the  weight  „  which  increases  ttie  mu-eage. 
Everything  tends  to  show  that  the  battery  business  will,  in 
time,  exceed  everything  in  the  electrical  line,  as  electric 
haulage  in  cities  is  bound  to  come. 

Kagarcling  cost  A4  is  a  cheaper  cell  to  make  than  the 
E  10,  and  is  capable  of  great  reduction. 

October  2nd  09 

H.  E.  Dick,  Esq. , 

care  A.  Bo  Dick  Co., 

lake  Street,  Chicago,  Ill, 

Dear  Sir: 

We  have  received  a  call  for  more  money  on  the 
shares  of  the  Edison  Ore-Milling  Syndicate,  ltd.  of 
2  shilling b  per  chare.  Mr.  Edison  directs  me  tt>  write  you 
that  he  has  been  paying  these  abseedments  right  along 
and  he  would  like  to  know  If  it  ie  a  liability  and  must 
be  paid. 

Yours  very  -truly* 


October  2nd  09, 


October  dth  o& 

'•  t?.  A*  3.S  * 

Engineering  Heim, 

Hew  York  City. 

Dear  Sly: 

Hj%  Edison  has  a  position  open  for  a  mechanical 
engineer,  who  is  a  good  designing  draftsman,  in  connection 
with  his  poured  concrete  house  noH«me. 

Yonrs  very  ^ruly, 



0.\So  8  a-vv\c.  \ 5ViVi  a.  r  to  ^oUouui'n^ 

tY\  IT  "  V\«.^j8 

"  *P  i  5  " 
l' T  »t“ 

"**■&.  17" 

"K.  0..  "  v 

'■  rr\  ‘  8”  <•  v 

”  c.  <«" 


Oct.  6th  09, 

Alexander  Block,  Esq., 

Editor-Sunday  World, 

Kern  York  City*  N.  Y. 

Bear  Sir: 

1  beg  to  enclose  herewith  corrected  proof  of 
the  article  written  by  Mr.  Jennings.  He  has  misunderstood 
me  as  regards  aerial  navigation,  as  you  will  see  by  my 
corrections.  r 

'%!avt,At4  ' 

j.  .•.cvv^not  sent  the  last  part  of  the  proof. 

Yours  very  tvuly^ 



0«t.  9th  -09 

Jos.  I.  Brittain,  Bag-,, 

American  Consul, 

American  Coneula  te. 

Pi-ague,  BcAOMla,  Austria. 

My  dear  Sir; 

Pep lying  to  your?  **"  the  J25th  nit. 
would  suggest  that  you  wri*a  to  the  gentleman  referred 
to  and  tell  him  that  the  firot  authentic  biography  of 
Mr.  Edison  is  now  heJdE  Prepared  and  will  probably  be 
issued  by  Harper  fc.Broja.  sf  Mew  York, in  the  next  spring. 

If  the  partf  cannot  wait,  he  might  consult  the 
life  of  Sdisux,  by  P.  Arthur  Jones,  published  by  Hodder 
and  Stoughton,  I<ondon,  England,  But  this  book  is  not 
authentic,  as  the  forthcoming  one  will  be. 

Yours  very  truly, 



October  12th  09. 

Friend  Weir: 

Glad  to  hear  your  health  O.E.  again.  I  heard 
from  two  friendB  who  saw  you  over  there  that  you  were  nearly 
ready  to  travel  thru  the  other  of  space. 

Think  Billy  Bee  can  stear  you  to  the  best  electric. 

Your  engineer  Wells  can  give  you  the  best  lead  battery  to  use. 
I  am  so  completely  crushed  by  Wells  that  I  would'nt  dare 
to  suggest  the  new  battery. 

Why  don't  you  jump  into  your  auto  and  come  over  and 
see  what  I've  got  here,  its  only  40  minutes  via  Jersey  City 
and  macadam  all  the  way. 

Yours , 

"  Edison  " 

Copy  of  letter  sent  to  Mr.  L.  C.  Weir-  71  Broadway,  Mew  York. 
Original  sent  to  Mr.  Weir - lead  pencil - yellow  pad. 



October  13,19® 

J.  P.  Morgan,  Jr.,  Esq., 

c/o  Messrs.  J.  S.  Morgan  &  Co., 
London,  England. 

Enclosed  1  beg  to  hand  you  a  copy  of  a 
proposed  agreement  which  I  am  prepared  to  execute  when 
the  British  bhttery  company  is  formed  for  the  purpose 
of  exploiting  my  improved  storage  battery  in  England. 

;1  have  followed  as  closely  as  possible  tile  proposition 
outlined  in  ray  letter  of  November  10th,  1904 ,  to  Messrs. 

7,  S*  Morgan  &  Company.  The  royalty  of  sixty  cents  per 
cell  on  cells  -of  the  A-4  type  is  in  reality  considerably 
less  than  the  royalty  mentioned  in  the  original  proposi¬ 
tion,  for  the  reason  that  the  capacity  of  the  A-4  cell 
would  be  very  much  higher  than  the  old  3-18  cell.  1 
make  this  concession  to  you,  however,  because  the  same 
concession  was  mode  to  the  German  Company, 

"Let  me  know  if  this  proposed  agreement  ie - 

acceptable  to  you. 

lours  very  truly. 

Enc . 

October  16th  09 

Friend  Weir: 

It  1b  true  that  I  have  gotten  Laneden  to  build 
a  taxicab,  and  I  put  it  -out  on  one  of  my  terrible  endurance 
testa.  It  hae  gone  over  5000  miles  but  so  far  I  consider  it 
a  failure,  because  it  will  not  make  1000  miles  Without  a 
breakdown,  which  in  ordinary  roads,  load  Aid  speed  would 
be  equal  to  at  least  12000  miles.  Have  always  made  it  a  rule 
to  find  out  for  myBelf  the  defects  of  my  traps  and  not  get  the 
information  from  the  public.  So  you  don’t  want  this.  Should 
it  ever  pass  the  test  then  youpnight  consider  it. 

Regarding  Prof.  Wells  who  occupies  the  chair  of 
misapplied  mathematics  for  Mr.  Adams.  I  was  not  crushed  by 
mere  weight  but  only  brought  to  realize  how  insignificant 
were  my  acquirements  in  mechanics  and  electricity. 

Yours , 


I>.  C.  Weir,  Esq. , 

71  Broadway, 
Hew  York. 

18th  09 

H*  Sick,  B8q’., 

Midland  Construction  Co., 

Chicago,  Illinois. 

Soar  Sir: 

*MW"‘  *  le*Ur  of  *•  »«•  instant 
„  '  n  “”ot*  “  «»  m  as  foUm, 

..iTsT”  "*  “  «*  “  «••»«*  and  ^ 

SnelanS  „»uld  tt„y  p„  m  ltw<am,nt  M 

SiSuiUng  th,  cells:-  Are  mating  100  daily  of  the  no- 
hattony  ana  etr.ct  la  ten  days  to  200_ 

Battery  O.K,  now." 

Tours  very  truly, 


•  Secretary. 


Oct.  20th  09. 

E.  de  Haen  Chemical  Works , 

Setelze,near  Hanover,  Germany. 

Dear  Sirs;. 

In  reply  to  yonr  letter  of  the  8th  instant 
regarding  Dinitrohenzine  Mr.  Edison  directs  me  to  write  yon 
that  the  gentleman  who  wanted  the  Dlnitro  got  discouraged 
and  now  has  a  substitute. 

Yours  very  truly, 


'  i  ■ 


Octet**  aotn  m. 

V.  H.  Upton,  Baqt. , 

Union  Building, 

Newark,  Hew  Jersey. 

Bear  Sir: 

Replying  to  yours  of  the  19th  Instant  Mr,  Bdlson 
directs  use  to  write  you  regarding  concrete  tanks, '-ha 
they  would  he  practicable ,  one  set  of  steel  t ores  could  he 
awde  wits  sections  halted  together  so  they  could  he  carted, 
and  a  tsjok  poured  In  one  day  or  less-  la  his  poured  house 
eeheas  he  finds  that  nearly  everywhere  the  awtterlal  taken 
fro*  the  cellar  1B  sufficient  to  build  the  house* 

Regarding  leakage  and  explaeien: — Silo  could  be  -doter- 
■lned  by  building  a  concrete  tank  4  x  4  reinforced  with  iron 
top,  baited  down,  and  the  highest  explodt^  mixture  of  a*r 
and  gasoline  put  In  and  exploded  by  a  spark.  Hie  hiafaeet 
pressure  possible  would  not  exceed  100  pounds  par  inch  -anfl 

he  doss  not  think  it  would  crack  thewslle  if  properly 
proportioned.  Tarlous  experiments  could  be  tried,  awti i  as 
leaving  Iron  top  loose . 

Regarding  leakage:— there  may  be  trouble  here*  *l#o 
offset  of  oil  os  concrete,  alJL  of  which  could  be  found  out 

asa^ j 

Jurthennore ,  lie  says  be  should  think  that  at  teranlnal 
points  they  would  use  concrete  tanks  sunk  in  ground  so 
the  lightning  could  not  strike;  hut  perhaps  they  have  a 
good  reason  for  not  doing  so. 

Yours  very  truly, 

4-'  /''' 

JV  ti.  dr  -:  1 


Ootofcer  30th 

f.  B.  Wiui,  Baq., 


iT6  Sumner  St., 

Boston,  Maas. 

Dear  Sirs 

I  send  enclosed  sample  of  Caphire  shlgfc  — 
use  for  traeking  amberol  records.  If  this  t&sm  is 
too  difficult  to  make  in  diamond  we  aoxOd 
use  it  thus. 

th6  material  I  proposs  to  use  la  the  zw*»id 
Is  very  hard  and  colie «ts  grit,  which  accounts 
for  wearing  of  saphlre. 

Please  make  a  sample  and  send  as  soon  os  poeelbi*. 


The— S  JL  Bdlaon. 

Original  eent  to  Hr.  Villa  in  ltr.  B.  writing. 


B*renib«r  10tk  jjp, 

Samuel  Iamill,  Bsq.  ,  Pxee., 

Cammaawealth  Edina*  Ca.  , 

Chicago ,  Illiaois. 

Dear  sir: 

I  .ieg  ta  e*ol*eo  herewith  leftar  a»d 
oheoh  from  the. Farmer n 1  loan  gad  Truat  Company, 
the.woaumt  *f  ohech  Wins  *83.00,  helag  amount 
f qe, an  auatodia*  af  aecuritien,  «f  the  Kxeual 

Will  yau  alga  the  chock  «*d 

return  to  Ur.  Batchelor,  ao  requested  la  hie 
letter,  ahich  I  enclose  alee. 

Yours  rery  truly. 



XFovember  llih 

Willard  P.  Reid,  Esq., 

Williamsburg  Trust  Go., 

391 .Pulton  Street , 

Brooklyn,  IT.  Y, 

Dear  Sir: 

Yours  of  the  10th  instant  enclosing 
check  for  #1195.00,  payment  on  aooount  of  your  note, 
with  interest,  received.  This  payment  is  satisfactory 

to  Mr.  Edison,  who  wishes  me  to  say  b*  realises 

I!  ;;  , 

the -hard  going  that  you  mention  in  your  letter,  and 
it  is.  particularly  brought  to  his  attention  in  this 
case  in  the  fact  that  you  have  omitted  to  sign  the 
check.  X  therefor  return  it,  with  the  comments,  that: 
-"This  is  one  on  you"- 

Yours  very  truly, 



P.  8.  At  the  same  time  that  you  return  the  check  will 
yoh  kindly  send  a  new  note  for  the  balance  due,  and  upon 
receipt  o i  earns  X  will  return  to  you  the  old  note. 

J»  Ao  Benael,  Baq. ,  Pree., 

Board  of  Water  Suppler, 

City  of  Hew  York, 

299  Broadway,  Hew  York. 

Dear  Sir: 

Our  Superintendent*  Kri  1 U  H»  MPMPh  bag 
been  Informed  by  Hr.  Jtoeid&jttft*.  df  fthtlittart  4  Iftfcfcl*, 
that  be  ie  willing  *9  faro*  ue  with  «*  tilit  Att  tfc* 
cement  required  ontheircontraot  for  ewuktittcftittt 
of  Contract  Ho.  55,  -tor' tbe  Cretan  *  Henrico  Di^aton 
Of  Catakiii  Aqueduct  that  will  *e»»ire  fJp#pOQ  barrel*  i 
rtio,  at  tbe  MUM  time  elated  that  the*  mere  expelled 

to  eubmlt  to  tbe  Board  if  **Ur  ftp ply  negpnt  that 
they  expected  to  purchase,  wuhJect  *o  4he3r 

Bdlson  cement  baa  been  /supplied  *P  «mm  ff  tbe 
laxgeet  contractu  and  lnpoytapt  W»*k*  fa* 
of  How  York,  with  entire  fdpfrjflb.  d0,OOp  barrels 
were  placed  in  the  anchorage  *f.fa*  Jpmtottan  Bridge, 
Hew  York  approach.  Ve  are  now  eupp  lying  P*  a  contract 
for  150,000  barrele  with' the  Bradley  Vpptipntfi lv$  Op. 
on  tbe  Bridge  loop,  extending  -frm  %p  filHape-T 

burg  Bridge.  This  work  ie  under  tbe  eupprr.4efpu  pf  fan 


j.  A.  jP/r 

Public  Service  $»<p 

over  a  year,  Aw^  #*>  jpfl^T 

ments  in  every  particular^  i 

OUr  New  York  ,w;^  W 

with  an  inter  View,  will  ho  «^,*o  f$0»  VW  M*^0& 
information,  relafire  to  the  i^ort#**  V}§#fy 
it  has  been  used. 

Bdieon  Cement  in  guaranteed  to  Jiass  the  ppp^f^r 
cations  of  the  Board  of  Water  Supply,  And  X  would 
ask  that  you  give  me  a  ohanbe  to  demonstrate  this 
guarantee,  by  favoring  Sdison  .Cftnertt,  under  the  provision 
of  course,  that  the  contractor,  as  stated  to  us,  desires 
to  use  it  on  this  contract*  ___ 

.v  Ofours  very  truly. 



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H»  aitt.  it  to  you  to-nwrww, 

You«*  »«*3r  iaruiy, 




H.  E.  Ht»itnuui,  Eoq.i 

Bart  My-arB,  Florida. 

Dear  Sir: 

Beg  to  enclose  herewith,  check  to  the  order 
of  H„  II.  .Jolly,-  traffic  ag?*^  for  &J00. 00;  being 
Mr.  EdiBon'a  contribution -to  the'Sublicit^' 
for  lee  County,  Flnrida,  as  per  letter  of  Mr,.  Jo i£y 
enclosed  herewith.  ■'J  Vt5-"  !" 

If  this  is  all  right  will  you  kindly  send  the 
chock  to  Kr.  Jolly,  and  return  the  letter  to  ub.  j. 

Youra  very  truly, 


Bdiaoa  Portland  Cement  Co., 

W.  S.  Mallory,  Esq.,  V.  P.t 

Stewartsrille ,  Mow  Jersey. 

Dear  Mr.  Mallory: 

Replying  to  your  latter  of  the  22nd 
Instant  regarding  the  notes  o t  the  Beige!  Sack 
Co.:  Mr.  Bdison  direct8  me  to  write  yon  that  he  willing 

I  return  herewith  all  the  correspondence  which 
you  enclosed  regarding  the  shipment  of  "bags  etc. 

Youra  reiy  truly, 

V'k-r  ; 

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Dec.  1st  1909. 

Louis  Jackson,  Esq., 

care  District  Court, 

Muscatine,  Iowa. 

Dear  Sir; 

Your  letter  of  the-  27tb  ult.  asking 
Hr.  Edison's  opinion  regarding  phrenology,  reoeived. 
Hr.  Edison  directs  me  to  write  you  that  a  general 
idea  can  he  obtained  of  a  man  by  the.  shape  of  his 
head  and  features;  but  not'  by  bumps. 

Yours  very  truly. 



D*|f.  4th  09. 

Alfred  D-  Hyde, 

I  eel  in,  Hew  jereoj,. 

*«ar  Sir* 

Replying  to  your  letter  of  -the  /lat 
lnatanV  Hr.  Bdlaou  directs  jne  to  write  you  that  all 
of  hi*  property -Ut  Menlo  Park  Is  fe*'*ale. 

Youxp  very  treaty. 

Ueoretary  ■ 

Sec.  4th  OS 


Otis  si 6TRt or  Go. , 

>.  ?.  Miller,  Bsq. , 

BBS  Vast  24th  St. , 

Stm  York  city. 

Sear  Sir: 

Your  letter  of  the  1st  inetant  regarding 
the  character  of  Mr.  H.  J.  Haras,  yfoil*  im  our 
enploy,  reosiTOd .  Jtei  Sdledn  dir.eete.He  to 
write  yoa  that  Mr.  Maras  was  hired  "by  him  as  «a 
engineer,  but  his  services  la  that  oonaeotlon 
were  mot  satisraotozy.  He  Is  probably  a  good 

Yours  Tory  truly, 

'V  .rljlot 



.December  6th  09. 

Sioren  &  Company. 

3X4  Chestnut  Street, 

Philadelphia,  Pa. 

Bear  Sire: 

Your  letter  of  the  3rd  instant  asking 
■whether  we  know  of  anyone  in  the  market  for  eighty 
shares  of  Edison  Portland  Cement  Co.’s  preferred 
stock,  received.  Mr.  Edison  directs  me  to  write  you 
that  he  does  not  know  of  any  bids  just  now;  there 
will  probably  be  a  let  up  in  the  cement  war  soon 
and  then  there  may  be  inquiry. 



Yours  very  truly, 


Deo  Briber  6th.  09. 

H.  ®.  Heilman*  Eeq. , 

,  rort  Hyare,  Florida. 

3>«ar  flirs 

-A#  re  guested  i*  yonre  of  the  27th  tat. 

J  beg  to  esoioee  herewith  Hew  York  draft  for  #2000,  OP 
**  «00fWt-of  the  iriPrormeata  ypu  are  making  la 
Hr*  kdisoa'a  property  at  Port  My  ere  •  Kindly  eond 
me  detallf  of  the  eapiitdlturee,  eo  that  l  oa* 

Tpwei her  the  *e»e,  end  oblige, 

YPhre  very  truly, 


, ..... 

Dec.  '7th  1909. 

B,  H.  Johnson,  Esq., 

1  Madison  Avenue, 

Mew  York  City. 

Dear  Sir! 

Your  letter  of  the  ?rd  instant  regarding 
the  dinner  to  he  given  at  the  Onion  League  Club 
t*^  Arthur  Williams ,  received.  Mr.  Edison  directs 
me  to  write  you  that  he  would  not  come  in  for  anybody, 
except  Williams  J  but  that  he  will  for  him,  if  his 
stomach  permits  -  it  is  working  good  now. 

Yours  very  truly, 


Dec.  7th  1809, 

Carl j  o  Ifilsson,  Esq. , 

3127  Racine  Aye., 

Chicago,  Ill. 

Dear  Sir: 

Yours,  of  .  the  ZOtp  ult.  regarding  the 
difficulty  you  sire  experiencing  with  air  holes 
arising  on  the  surface  of  cement,  received.  Mr. 
Edison  direots  me  to  write  you  to  use  thin  oement. 
Use  a  rod  with  a  ball  on  the  end  and  pump  it  up  and 
down  while  pouring.  This  will  send  violent  waves  of 
agitation  in  the  cement  and  oause  the  air  to  come 
out,  forcing  the  fine  cement  against  the  outer 
surface,  leaving  coarse  material  inside. 

Yours  very  truly, 



C-.O-BuB-1-D-B  N  T  I  A  1  . 

Truesdell-Eox  Co. , 

7  West  38th  St . , 

Yours  of  the  8th  instant  regaining  Mr. 

Geo.  E.  Small,  received.  Mr.  Edison  directs  me'lo 
write  you  that  Small,  who  is  a  draughtsman,  watt 
hired  by  him  to  work  and  experiment  with  his  new 
concrete  poured  house;  with  an  idea  that  he  would, 
in  time  become  an  expert  who  would  be  valuable  to 
parties  who  went  into  the  business.  He  did  not  reach 
expectations  and  Mr.  Edison  let  him  go-  Mr.  Small, 
of  course,  got  considerable  experience  from  the 
large  number  of  experiments  Mr.  Edison  had  .made . 

I Edison  thinks  he  1b  a  good  draughtsman  and 
may  be*«f  value  to  you  in  concrete;  but  you  Will  have 
to  furrfish  all  the  ideas.  He  seems  to  be  honest'. 

Yours  very  truly., 

Bee.  14th  09. 


,  09. 

Jehn.  Merria  ,  Bsq. , 

General  DeliTery, 

Yankera ,  Hew  York . 

Dear  Sir: 

Mr.  Bdiaen  dirocta  me  te  write  ^u  .te  tiiJfce 
a  run  dewn  te  the  Laberatery,  weuld  like  te  ace  yeu. 

Teura  rery  truly. 


Deo.  14th  0*5, 

D.  Van  hast  rand  Ce. , 

23  Murray  Street , 

Hew  Tark  City. 

Bear  Sin: 

Ur.  Bdisen  directB  me  t»  write  yen 
renew  the  publicatiene  ae  per  yeur  pestal 
11th  instant,  i.e., 

American  Jeuxaal  ef  Science, 

Chemical  Abstracts, 

Xrans.  Parrady  Seciety, 

Jeurnal  Physical  Chem. , 

Jeurnal  Bxperintental  Medicine, 

Jeurnal  American  Chemical  Seciety , 
Physical  Reyiew, 

Preceedirigo  Physical  Seciety. 

Teurs  rery  truly, 


ef  the 



Dec.  14th  09* 

Heward  Hansen,  Bsq. ,  Pros. , 

General  Vehicle  Cempany, 

Deng  leland  City,  IT.  y. 

Dear  Sir: 

Mr.  Bdisen  directs  me  t©  write  y©u  as 


"  I  hare  given  yeur  letter  ef  the  13th  if 
December  t.  Mr.  Bee  to  inrestigate;  if  Lansden-s 
salesmen  hare  made  any  such  statement,  they  will  never 
make  anether  ef  a  like  character. 

Mr.  Ceffin  wrete  me  yeu  was  earning  ever  te  see 
me.  TOiy  net  de  se?  1  want  te  werk  with  yeu.* 

(Signed)  Xdlsen. 

Yeurs  very  truly, 



Copy  of  cable  sent  to  S.  Bergmann  OSdleoncell)  'Bwtyn, 
Tia  Co*  Deo.  14th  09  3.28  P.  Kf 

YBdisoncell-- Berlin 

Rogers  1  ears  a  steamer  President  (Jrant 
Decem,Qr  25th. 

(Signed)  Edison.!* 


December  15th.  05 

Arthur  Brisbane  ,  Beq. , 

care  New.  York  Journal, 

New  York  City,  N.  Y. 

Bear  Sir : 

Replying  to  yours  of  the  13th  Instant 
regarding  the  concrete  mixer,  Hr.  Bdlson  that  yon 
can  keep  this  and  we  will  bUl  it  to  ys», 

Trusting  this  wests  with  your  approral,  J 
Yours  very  truly, 



Deo.  15th  09; 

national  Phono*  Co., 

'Foreign  Department , 

10  Fit  th  Avenue , 

Be*  York  City. 

Deajr  Sire; 

I  enclose  herewith  your  bill  in  delicate 
against  the  Edison  Storage  Battery  Oo.  covering 
tickets  for  Mr-  Hog  a  re  az*  family  to  Berlin.  Will 
you  kindly  render  these  Wile  against  Mr*  Edison 
and  return  at  the  earliest  possible' moment*  . 

Yours  very  truly. 



Deo.  15th.  09 

Society  for  the  Bncourageroent.  or  Arts, 

Manufacture's  and  Commerce, 

Mr.  E.  ?.  Wood,  Secretary, 

London,  England. 

Dear  Sir: 

I  aoeept  with  great  pleaeure  the 
position  of  Honorary  Corresponding  Member  of  the 
Society,  to  which  1  was  elected  on  December  1st  1909. 
Thanking  you  for  thfe  honor,  beliere  me, 

Yonr^rery  truly. 

Dec.  18th  09, 

Samel  Instill,  Esq.,  Pres., 

Commonwealth  Edison  Co., 

Edison  Building,  Chicago,  Ill. 

Dear  fiir: 

Enclosed  find  letter  front  Visa  Olga 
Ertiasl  dated  December  6th  with  Hr.  Edison's  note 
thereon  for  your  consideration. 

Yours  very  truly. 





Deo.  20th  09. 

John  Morris,  Esq. , 

oare  General  Delivery, 

Yonkers,  Sew  York. 

Dear  Sirs 

Deg  to  enclose  herewith,  money  order  for 
(38*15  covering  your  salary  and  expenses  for  week 
ending  December  18th.  Mr*  Bdlson  directs  me  to  write 
you  that  It  will  he  alright  to  go  'home  during  the  holiday 
week,  as  per  yotir  request. 

Yours  very  truly, 


Seoretary.  J 


Dec.  21st  09. 

lira.  Marlon  E.  0 eser, 

ITodenheimor  Btr.  4, 

MulhauBBon,  Elsass,  Germany. 

Dear  Mra.  Oeaer: 

Enclosed  herewith  find  draft  for 
2922  Marks  50  Pfennige,  the  equivalent  of  seven 
hundred  dollara.  Two  "hundred  being  'the  regular 
monthly  remittance  and  five  hundred  extra  foru 
Chrietmas  present  from  Mr.  Edis-on. 

Yours  very  truly. 



Co  M.  Chapman,  Esq., 

10  Bridge  Street, 

Hew  York  City. 

Dear  Sir: 

Replying  to  your  letter  of  the  16th 
instant  Mr.  Edison  directs  me  to  write  you  that  -you 
may  use  his  name  as  a  reference  In  making  .your 
application  for  membership  in  the  Mexican {Society 
of  Mechanical  Engineers. 

Yours  ve*y  Wtflry, 



Doc.  22nd  OO. 

Cornel to  Jo  Buhl,Eaq. , 

Great  Southern  Hallway, 

Buenos  AireB,  Argentine. 

Dear  81r:  , 

Hep  lying  to  yours  of  the.  23rd  ult . 
regarding  the  concrete  house.  Hr.  Bdleon  directs  me 
to  write  you  that  Me euro.  Harme  Small  were  only 
draughtamen,  and  were  discharged  for  incompetence. 

*Bhe  work  ifl  proceeding  rapidly  and.  then  the  f.Ufrt 
h0U8e  ie  Bucceaefully  poured  Mr.  Bdiaon  will  he  happy 
to  fumieh  you  with  all  the  data  etc. 

Secretary ./ 

Yours  very  truly, 



J>«,  S»«  09. 

Z.  Van  Bostrand  Co. , 

23  Murray  Street, 

Hew  York  City. 

Deear  81r»: 

I  hare  r« turned  to  you  by  express  tfc* 
books  on  Maaonds  Ooodchilds.  What  Kr-  *«*»» 
wants  is  a  work  on  ttcJmical  art  of  th« 
how  to  grind  stones  etc.  Is  there  any  euoh  w«aW 
Yours  very  truly,. 



*T-  . 

tUrplT^  *#*«**  f>r  «•  “ 

<*«"■**  **'Wl** 

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.r—  — .  -  ^  “*  —rr 

_ia  in  thi®  owntry  ****  ** 

Rusted  three  compare  W»  xw 

already  sad  *e  care  «otM«g  *M%  «’ 

Europe  already , 

Yours  rayy  truly. 


E.  H.  Johnson,  Esq., 

Greenfield  Paper  Bottle  Co.3 

Metropolitan  Building,  3fa*^5osfSc- 

D«r  Sir: 

■Replying  t  o  your  Utter  <Jf  th»  ftfrtti 
instant  Mr.  Edison  directs  ns  toerlt*  yj>u 
t  chock  for  $500.00  is  enclosed  5i*r***th,  ftjd  t}J»t 
January  is  a  had  time  for  him  on  noosjl  Vf  hf  V<ml4 
have  sent  the  whole  amount  asked  for. 

Tours  very  truly, 





January  3rd  1910. 

Robert  Swing,  Esq.,. 

.Orr  ■ 

University  of  Kashville, 

tfashville,  Tenn. 

Rear  Sir: 

Replying  to  y enable t ter  of  the  28th 
ult.  Mr.  Edison  directs  me  to  write  you  that  he 
thinks' the  state  should  buy  two  or  three  drills  and 
loan  them  to  responsible  people  to  prospect  their 
places  where  there  ,1b  any  evidence  of  ore.  ^  ^ 

The  Canadian  government  has  done  this 
for  years  and  it  has  been  a  great  success.  Tennessee 
IS  full  of  minerals  and  the  state  should  wake  up. 

Yours  very  truly, 



January  3rd 

My  deter  Dickson: 

Your  letter  of  the  18th 
ultimo  received*  Sorry  to  hear  you  oannet 
come .  However ,  in  the  future ,  there  nay 
he  an  opening.  •  0 

With  kindeet  regarde  lor  a  Hdfcpy 
Hew  Year, 

Believe  me,  ■> 

Youxa  very  truly, 

■  ^ 

To  Wa.  K.  L.  Dickflon,  Bet*. 

4  Denman  Street, 

Piccadilly  CircuB , 

London,  *»•  England. 


January  4tix 

p.  ovara, 

Dept.  of  Publicity, 

Peoria,  SUlMM* 

Soar  a**-. 

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.«*  lecture^™  Mr.  *»«*!  »•  * 

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H.  R.  Worthington,  Btiq,. , 

C.  W.  Chisholm,  «*<!•» 
Works  Manager, 

Harrison,  R*  J' 

Vo«  l.«~  of 

citio  ^  * *»«.  “•  — :r 

entirely  unreliable. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Asst.  Secretary. 

Hat  tonal  ^lectdlc  Light  Jum'n, 

Mr.  1.  C.  Starifctei.  &»cutiye  Sec., 

2V  We®t39tli  Street,  Hew  York  City. 

Dear  Sir: 

KwlJlW  *»  J°“r  lrtt"  °r  th'  1 
Mr.  MH~  •  «  «»•  -  ■*  *“ 

t,  prepare  «*«*«  t-  >**  «  “ 

dinner.  _ 

order  on.  tf  Bailer',  carried.,  »  T.  **  «“ 
"A6"  battery  in 

Yours  very  truly, 

Jto,  3J*%  TWO 

JftftW&tUfct  Xaq., 

Mivan  Chemical  Vovka, 

Sliver  lake ,  Hew  Jersey 

Jfrom  now  on  you  can  re4*w*  the  %?*WW 
In  the  .Iron  Mix  furnished  Storage  3ait*r/ 

Six  (6)  per  cent,  instead  of  ten  <10?  per 

PleaBe  acknowledge  receipt. 

Yours  very  truly 


Bt*t*  or 


*T‘  ^  Rk.^W| Cboinww, 

flWnt  Pwa,  Mob. 


Bo**y*»R  to  yon*  of  «»  10th 

*iMrttartf  rogfCF^m  m„*.wtrim  or  »  s***t«*- 

4*p»0f  <***«  fc*  tto  WWW  tow 

S*i»t  Jfcu**  H,  (WWW  *mrlM  %*  *9  that  to 
aeien^ne  two*  tt«W0  spa*'  *#  *  oonaidanM* 
rtwrew*  of  dot*  aptjwTod, 

St  to  *  eomeroiol  ou«f«tm.  mowgt 
^ttawloa  »rtJUE«o  tfao  took.  «w  -quartto*  i»a 
■fttx  tfe»y  4®  *t  0hw»«r  *!«»  etwa  engine*?* 

Yours  wy  truly, 

/SCoa  Q  — 


Heplying  to  your'  letter  of  the  21»t 
Instant,  Mr.  Edison  directs  me  to  write  .you  that 
he  will  he  in  Orange  until  February  lot.,  when 


Jan.  29th  10 

Robert  R.  Lore,  Eaq.f 

Consumers  Coal  Co. lnc. , 

1417  3?.  Streot,  IT.  W., 

Washington,  D.  C. 

Dear  Sir: 

Yours  of  the  27th  instant  received. 
Regarding  the  concrete  house,  Mr.  Edison 
directs  me  to  write  you  that  he  can  do  nothing 
toward  the  exploitation  of  the  sans  until  the 
first  house  is  successfully  poured  in  the 
He  suggests  that  you  put  up  a  nickel 
rowing  maohlne  at  your  coal  depot,  it  in  the 
town  and.  ell  coal  at  mut t  pltf#  A  |M*11 
QkrtHi  s»y*  sixteen  iHH  **&&*%, 

finds  'the  very  poor  hafitig  fc*  j fam  xmli 
here  ty  scuttles  fnXi' **  tH«  #»*.(«» 



Mrs.  lizzie  Wadsworth, 

2527  Prospect  Avenue, 

Cleveland,  Ohio. 

Dear  Madam: 

Replying  to  your  letter  of  the 
27th  instant  Mr.  Edison  directs  me  to  write 
you  that  he  will  double  your  allowance 
beginning  with  your  check  of  February  15th  10. 

Jan.  28th.  10. 

Bo  K.  Johnson,  Esq., 

Greenfield  Paper  Bottle  Co , , 

Metropolitan  Building,  Mew  York. 

Bear  Sir: 

Yours  of  the  27th  instant  regarding 
the  loan  and  eleotrio  motors,  received. 

As  per  Mr.  Edison* s  request  I  enclose 
herewith  che ok  for  $280.00,  to  reach  you 
February  1st  and  will  forward  the  other  check 
for  the  same  amount  on  March  1st. 

Regarding  Healy  and  motors,  generally, 

Mr.  Edison  wants  you  to  see  our  man  Ur.  W.  G. 

Bee,  mho  knows  aii' about  it. 

•, Yours  very  truly, 

■  .  7/  i-j 


7.  C.  Martin,  Esq., 

29  West  39th  Street, 

Bep lying  to  your  letter  of  the  28th 
Instant  Mr.  Edison  directs  me  to  write  you 
that  he  could  not  spare  the  time  to  see  you 
to  day,  as  this  ie  the  only  day  he  has  to 
finish  up.  He  says  to  dp  the  work  fcji  mall,  it 

I  hog  to  enclose  herewith  a  letter 
from  A.  von  Ends  regarding  the  German  rights 
for  the  autobiography  of  Mr.  Edison  which  he 
would  like  you  to  look  after  and  explain. 

Yours  very  truly, 



Trank  X>.  Borey,  Esq. , 

30  Winder  Street, 

Detroit,  Michigan. 

Your  letter  of  the  27th  instant 
received.  The  newspaper  article  is  not  correct. 
Bo  one  controls  the  "battery.  Mr.  Anderson  has 
simply  placed  a  Contract  for  a  supply  of 
batteries,  running  over  a  certain  period. * 

«iw*m"**«*  ♦'f  '  " 

3  I  shall  be  able  to  take  care  of  the 

trade  and  all  will  be  treated  alike  as  to 
price ,  and ,  first  come  first  served. 

Letterbook,  LB-082 

This  letterbook  covers  the  period  February-May  1910.  Most  of  the 
correspondence  is  by  Edison,  Harry  F.  Miller,  and  George  A.  Meister.  Many  of 
the  letters  pertain  to  laboratory  work  and  supplies  and  to  Edison’s  accounts  with 
the  Edison  Portland  Cement  Co.  and  J.  P.  Morgan  &  Co.  Also  included  is 
correspondence  regarding  ongoing  developments  in  the  fabrication  of  molds  and 
patterns  for  use  in  the  construction  of  concrete  houses;  Edison’s  search  for  a 
supply  of  bismuth;  and  the  manufacture  of  his  improved  alkaline  storage  battery. 
Several  letters  describe  the  expected  performance  of  Edison's  battery  on  railway 
streetcars.  Among  the  many  items  pertaining  to  family  and  personal  matters  is 
correspondence  relating  to  Edison’s  health;  his  membership  in  clubs  and 
societies;  his  charitable  donations;  and  the  upkeep  of  his  winter  home  in  Fort 
Myers,  Florida.  In  addition,  there  are  letters  concerning  Edison’s  opinion  on  the 
prohibition  of  alcohol  and  his  suggestion  for  extracting  the  juice  of  discarded 
oranges,  lemons,  and  grapefruits  for  use  as  citric  acid,  lemon  oil,  and  "fruit 

The  label  on  the  front  cover  contains  the  following  notation:  "Thomas  A. 
Edison  Personal  From  February  7th  1910  to  May  21,  1910."  There  is  an 
inscription  on  the  spine  with  similar  information.  The  book  contains  691 
numbered  pages  and  an  index.  Approximately  1 0  percent  of  the  book  has  been 


»*»'  m  mm. 

Orinnell  Brothers, 

Detroit,  Michigan. 

Dear  Sirs: 

Regarding  the  enclosed  letter 
will  you  kindly  carry  out  Mr.  ISdiepn** 
wishes,  as  noted  in  pencil  on  the  letter - 
PleaBe  send  arouid  for  the  young  nan 
and  after  an  interview  with  him,  you 
consider  him  worthy,  please  furnish  him 
with  a  ticket  to  Wewark  via  Penn.  B.  R- 
and  give  him  #5.00  for  expenses  en  Toutw- 
Ve  will  rettirn  you  the  amount  the  amount 
promptly  with  out  best  thanks. 

Youps  very  truly, 

vJr  y<*  •  iU^'1  I 



F«b.  8th  16. 

3.  Poote-,  Maq. , 

^impaoa  at., 

Hi*  Yflrtt  City. 

Dear  8iy: 

?hi  moulds  tor  ths  5*yl«  hdhses. 

«At  hoi. if  .SSgtgSf  ^“k?* 

nsa** li-  *» 

questions. ■  lrll»  ^lnk.  «nnr*r  year 

«i«  S^6i*iritenddht.  *  ror  .**•  »*<2ataa, 

YotWB  ***y!  truly, 

'■  *  i: 


Feb.  9th.  1910, 

Purcell  Eggleston,  Esq. , 

care  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Fort  Myers,  Florida. 

My  dear  Pure: 

Enclosed  herewith  find  draft 
on  Garfield  National  Bank,  Mew  York,  for 
$60.00  being  wages  due  you  for  weeks  end. 

.January  25th  and  Feb.  1st  respectively. 

Mr.  Edison  told  me  he  would 
look  after  your  time  on  his  arrival  in 
Florida,  oo  kindly  tell  him  you  were  paid 
to  Feb..  1st  (Tuesday)  inclusive. 

With  kindest  regards  to  all, 

Believe  me ,  4 

Yours  very  .truly, 

?to.a . . 

P.  S.  Draft  can  be  cashed  at  the  bank  of 
Fort  Myers. 


Feb.  14th  1910. 



My.  H.-F.  Millar,  S.>o.t 
Edison  laboratory, 

Orange ,  New  Jersey. 

Dear  Siri 

Confirming  oonf^r&ation  with  yourself , 
Jttf.  Bahhman  and  the  writer  this  <|ay  in  reference 
to  forms  for  Edison  Concrete  Houee  Mo.  3,  would 
suggest  that  these  forme  ha  made  of  compressed 
paper  pulp  and  sawdust.  Csing  the  Edison  standard 
distension  pattern,  near  as  praatieal  for  both 
plain  an4  onunental  forms,  whieh  I  think  ear. 
be  wade  for  0f>e  half  the  cost  of  east  iron  and 
two  third's  the  VfAfiht* 

Would  awfsgeot  tfc*$  a  form 

ha  wade.  *he  Eddy  Manufacturlng  Co.,  Hull, 
Canada,  manufaeture  wc-d  pulp  pairs  ate.  now, 
and  X  aould  got  in  touoh  with  them  through  a 
gentleman  in  Ottawa,  to  haw*  a  sample  made. 

The  exposed  parts  to  be  glased,  and 
ye-’  strong,  anil  would  say  they  will  stand  the 
l&lh.nreosure  por  square  inch,  also  5tr«  water 


If  Hr.  Edison  would  approve  of  a 
sample-  form  of  this  material  being  made,  we 
could  sake  the  master  up,  or.a  we  could,  in  the 
wear,  -same,  file  a  caveat  for  a -patent  for  this 
style  of  form  as  suggested  by  the  writer. 

Yours  very  truly, 


H.  B,  Diek,  Bgq. , 

Midland  Construction  Co., 

Chamber  of  Commeroe, 

Chicago,  111. 

Door  Sir: 

Your  letter  of  the  7th  instant 
regarding  the  storage  battery. In  Canada, 
received.  Mr.  Mdlsonhas  forwarded  you* 
letter  -to  me  from  Fort  Myers  and  directs, me 
■to  write  you  that  the  market  in  Canada 
would  not  warrant  the  starting  of  .a  factory 
Tox  batteries. 

Yours  very  truly, 



»•*.  xm 

Kr &.  F*  T>.  Hut Ini, 

S4B  Sumer  at* mi*, 

BTewark,  Few  Jersey. 

Deer  Madam: 

As  per  request  of  Ur*  Edison 
I  beg  to  erurlose  herewith  nt&it  «#»  for 
41Q.O0,  toward  tbs  redltal  to  be  gi-”®  *F 
your  Husband  in  Wallace  Hail  on  Marsh  m.  *«•*• 

Mr.  *di«o»  directs  »e  to  wTite 
you  that  on  his  return  from  Florida.,  be  thinks 
he  t*ii  give  Signor  Mwtini  employment  at  the 
laboratory  for  a  short  time,  experimenting 
With  fflueie . 

Yours  toTy  truly* 

•4/  \  !  Jt. 

4**™**xtt+  ■ 

jNt.  1M*  1«10» 

Orinell  Brotftere, 

Detroit,  Michigan. 

Dear  Sira: 

-Snoioaed  fl*4  ejqptieaAoney 
order  for  #21.00,  mount  adraneOtt  ”by  you 
for  faze  «te.  f or  »rit*  lUratell*_,  fz Oto  DO%W»lt 
to  Orange.  He  arrirsd  tW*  moraing- 

Sbankiag  you  for  your  kl«idn**»  in 
the  mat  tor,  I  am, 

Youra  rezy  truly, 

i  /. 



JM>,  «»>  If. 

H.  E„  Heitman,  Esq;,, 

Fort  Myers,  Florida. 

Referring  to  enclosed  statement,  I 
would  call  your  attention  to  two  mistakes. 

The  pay-roll  December  23rd  adds  up  #309.72 
instead  of  $309.74,  and  the  bill  of  Dee.  31s$ 
for  four  to»B  of  ivory  wood  plaster  ip  #56.00 
and  not  $60.00  as  listed.  Will  ypu  please 
look  into  these  differences,  advise  ms  and 

Yours  very  truly, 


we*.  17,  Wiv.'*  ' 

Mrs.  Marietta  Foote, 

146  Hawley  Street, 

Binghamton,  11  •  Y- 

Dear  Mrs.  Foote: 

Replying  to  your  letter  of  tb» 

Oth  instant,  Mr.  Edison  directs  me  to  write 
y0l,  that  he  is  not  personally  familiar  witrti  |. 

the  Elwell  Parker  motor  or  controller  W»«A 
•by  Anders  oni  hut  from  what  our  hatter  Jr 
say ,  the  Anderson  outfit  is  a  good  -one* 

Yours  very  truly, 


umtenr/  / 


19th  It. 

J.  Martin,  Esq., 

care  Suild  and  Martin, 

Prudential  Building, 

Eewark,  Bow  Jersey. 

Dear  Sir: 

Your  letter  Of  the  10th  instant 
received.  Enclosed  find  paper  covering 
the  right  of  way  aoroee  tract  of  land  at 
Menlo  Park;  signed  and  acknowledged  hy 
Mr.  Edison. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Secretary.  J 

jeh.  31,  1910* 

J.  H.  Wood  ,  Esq. , 

39  Cortlandt  St. , 

Hew  York  City. 

^  c“ 
for  $1000.00,  on  dwelling  at  Eprl;  ^erB* 

,Xorida.AD  you  are  aware  tkat^r. 

is  opposed  to  mutual  companies,  and  as 

*i'  ap^eare  on  the  policy,  you  will  PXeaee 
transfer  the  risk  to  some  stock  oom^’ 
«.»•  “d  ’ 



r«K  9W  iftfc 

»** «.***&.  ■ 

%,  *1U  «**n  tiKA  iiLtiHitt  Jtto**  ****** 

*#»  v«*  w  &*ia  w  wito. 

tto«&tii)  «i  *.  laaJrts 

2*.  44th  *0, 

3>4israfc.  ^iripiwiii 

1ft  tiub 

ata%  ^*fc  te*«*,W.,s«sh  «* ««.  *40* 

Marc*  2nd  10. 

Arthur  Brisbane,  Esq. , 

New  York  Evening  Journal, 

?Tew  York  City. 

tty  dear  Sir: 

Replying  to  yours  of  the  27th 
t»li,  regarding  the  concrete  mixer,  X  welds* 
ttoSir  of  a  letter  1  wrote  you  on  December 
18th  etatlng  that  Mr.  Edison  would  bill  the 
liixer  to  ytSu.  He  will  purchase  a  new  one  for 
KMeelf . 

The  oils  we  billed  you  cost  ua 
without  same  of  the  aoiseBBorifef ,  which 
ipent  t«  yoo.  W  haye-nade  ytftt  a  price  of 
^J50,<?0  for  the  mfxer  and  extra  parte ■> 

Idf  tfte  mittpr  is  unsatisfactory  to 
yofc  *aeai^t  Iwtrieo-  and  I  will  write  Mr.  Edison, 
Whi  1«  In  Florida,  fox*  his  advice. 



Yours  very  trtq.y. 


March.  2nd  10. 

E.  Schaar-BegeXinan ,  Eeq?  , 

21  State  Street, 

Vew  York  City. 

Dear  Sir: 

Your  letter  of  t^e  2let  *il%. 
regarding  lithium  Carbonate  yeoaived.  Hxj  Edison 
direct*  ne  to  write  y»u  that  he  Sa*  Just  cloved 
an  order  for  three  tons  with  iferafk.  this  will 
keep  ion  is  Lithium  Carbonate  far  the  euamer. 

Year*  very  truly. 

Henry  C.  Domming,  Esq., 

15  Worth  third  Street, 

Harrisburg,  Pemna. 

Bear  Sir: 

Your  letter  o t  ib*»  £»»d  ul**  »*» 
forwarded  to  Ur-  Edison  in Timm*  and  bey 
just  "been  received  at  this  Otffap  Wltf) 
following  answer: 

"Your*  at  the  22nd  ult.  reoeiyed-  <***& 
to  hear  at  good  -result*  of  -cement*  awneaf 

aa.  going  to  try  a  large  number  of  wrperfcwnt* 
tb  a 68  if  I  cannot  *o  improve  it,  <&#■*  W  *t:l* 
4ti«d  in  «  elass  "by  itself. 

Do  you  know  of  any  cheap  supply  of 
WmV/fr  prea-"  (Signed)  Edison. 

Yours  very  truly,  ^  f 

7V'  <U\  ( 


Mar.  4, 


Rev.  The©.  A.  Baldwin, 


Turkey- in-Asia. 

Bear  Sir: 

Replying  to  your  letter  of  the  2nd 
ult.  Hr.  Edison  direct*  pa  to  write  you  that 
the  concrete  he  usee  la  ordinary  Portland 
Cement,  100  parte,  15  part*  of  a  lay  ground  up 
to  a  pulp  in  water,  200  parts  of  wand.  The  whole 
well  mixed  with  sufficient  water  to  skIss  it 
of  consistency  of  thin  oreaa. 

Rive  hundred  parts  of  gravel  can  he  added  %o 
make  blocks. 

Yours  very  truly. 



Xv,  Hu#, 

Miflo  Winifred  Holt, 

44  Bast  78th  St., 

New  York  City. 

Dear  Miss  Holt: 

Replying  to  your  letter 

of  the  25th  ult.  Sir;  Edison  directs  me  to  write 
you  that  you  have  his  permlsBion  to  use  his 
name  as  patron  for  the  benefit  to  he  held  on 
the  evening  of  March  28th  for  the  New  York 
Association  for  the  Blind,  at  the  Hotel 

Yours  very  truly, 


Prank  D.  Lombie ,  Esq.,, 

American  Building  Corporation, 

299  Broadway,  Hew  York  City- 

Your  letter  of  the  28th  ult. 

,ent  to  Hr.  Edison  at  Eort  Myers,  has  bean 

returned  to  this  office. 

He  directs  me  to  write  you  that  hi* 
impression  is  that  the  trouble  is  that  people 
TOnt  a  beautiful  house,  so  striking  cheaper 
than  anything  huilt  -of  wood  and  until  they 
get  it,  the  market  will  he  limited. 

flhen  hie  fonns  are  ready  and  the 
House  a  success  you  will  find  that  there  will 
He  no  scarcity  of  buyers  at  double  the  cost. 

Yours  very  truly , 


tta*.  xm  xo. 

Elorenee  A.  V.  Twombly, 

Executrlx~H.  Mck.  Twombly, 

Mills  Building,  Hew  York. 

Dear  Madam: 

Replying  to  your  letter  of  the 
3rd  instant  Mr.  Edison  directs  me  to  write  you 
that  the  bonds  of  the'  Edison  Storage  Battery 
Go.  are  worth  about  eighty  fire  cents  on  the 
dollar.  Stock  no  quotation.  Its  value  is 
prospective  as  the  company  has  just  started 
business ■ 

The  Edison  Ore  Milling  Syndicate 
went  out  of  existence  many  years  ago. 

Do  not  know  anything  about  the  Horth 
Amerioan  Trading  &  Transportation  Co. 

Yours  very  thuly, 

Secret  ary. 

torch  19, 

John  C.  Kinkel,  Esq., 

371  Pulton  Street, 

Brooklyn,  New  York. 

Dear  Sir: 

Replying  to  your  letter  of  the 
I4tk  instant  asking  for  the  address  of  Thomas 
A.  Edison,  Jr.,  would  aay  that  he  ls  on  th# 
move  a  great  deal,  and  if  you  will  forward 
your  letter  in  my  care  I  will  see  that  it 

reaches  him. 

Yours  very  truly, 


Mrs.  A.  H.  Cowley, 

Your  letter,  of  the  12th  inmtartt 
addreBBed  to  Mr.  Edison.  at  Fort  Myerva  ha* 
■been  returnod  to  this  office  for  answer^ 

Ho  dirocta  me  to  write  you  that  he  4a 
very  sorry  that  ho  cannot  he  with  yota  at 
the  Home  Coming  Wee*  and  Normal  School 
Reunion,  aa  he  shall  he  away  1»  Europe  ** 
that  time . 

Your a  very  truly. 

Mar.  23rd  10. 

S.  Bergmann,  Esq., 

23  Cudenarder  atr . , 

Berlin,  N.  Germany. 

Dear  Sir: 

Enclosed  herewith  find  letters 
from  Mr.  Siegfried  Olin,  Pinland,  and  Mr. 

Mehaly  Rosenhkonig,  Siberia,  Russia,  for 
your  attention. 

Mr.  Edison  directs  me  to  write 
you  that  he  thinks  it  would  be  well  for 
you  to  get  posted  on  the  oar  that  is  running 
regularly  in  New  York.  There  is  a  great 
demand  for  them* 

Ydurs  very  truly, 

U'.'C  '  ■  7 



liar  eh  25,  10.  Carrie  »•  Chandler , 

Lafayette  A ve.  Pres.  Church, 

Lafayette  Ave.  &  Oxford  St., 
Brooklyn ,  Sew  York. 

Dear  Hie a  Chandler: 

Replying:  to  your  letter  of 
the  18th  instant  ,  to.  Edison  directs  tie  to 
write  you  that  the  paragraph, - 

"Society  will  have  to  stop  this 
whiskey  business,  which  is  like 
throwing  sand  into  the  bearings  of 
a  steam  engine" 

is  correctly  quoted. 

Yours  very  truly 


Mar.  28th  10, 

R.  D.  Caoterlina,  Esq. , 

1918  He.  18th  Street, 

Philadelphia,  Penna. 

Pear  Sir: 

Replying  te  yeur  letter  ef  the 
20th  instant  Mr.  Edisen  directs  me  te 
write  yeu  that  he  ne  lenger  uses  cehalt 
and  is  net  further  interested  in  it. 

Yeurs  very  truly, 



Mar,  28th  10. 

Mr.  Arthur  V.  White, 

2  Earl  Street, 

Terente ,  Canada. 

Dear  Sir: 

Yeur  letter  ef  the  18th  instant 
with  encleawe  received.  I  am  returning 
herewith  the  enclesure  with  Mr.  Edisen's 
netatien  thereen,  as  fellews: 

v  ie  a  cenfused  sensatienal 

statement  made  hy  the  reperter,  / 
-based  .n  a  general  statement  made  W 
me  that  many  experiments  and  result* 

•f  experiments,  published  in  Scientific 
heehs  were  errenleus  and  misleading; 
and  that  in  many  cases  they  caused  * 
Beri.ue  less  ef  time  and  m.ney  t.  the 
practical  man . 11  (gtgn#d)  Mis*n. 

Yeur e  very  truly , 


vatt*  act %  mo. 


Apr iX  8,  XO* 

J6hn  liao*,  E*** 

aa  st.  J«*«»  8*.i 

liontrM*,  C^rad*. 

paar  Sir: 

Your,  letter  of  the  30  th  Ult. 

„..rtlne «  »»»««  »»»**  *“’*”*• " *1U 
”s  „  ....  ot  tU»  J»»t  •»«“ 

M  JW0MU.M  W  *“4  ,  „ 


Et»,  U»MUOtt«»»  M  f«"  “  *  f" 

not  ice  • 

Your o  very  truly, 


Stark  Ciiapman,  . 

Baxlvllle,  Yew  York. 

Bear  Sir: 

Your  letter  of  the  23rd  »H. 

«*•  lir,0“  “  “ 
ym  «u,t  a  ^  ""rl”  ““  “  t  ^ 

1*  „»t  «-!-«».  “  “  P”“” 

w  -  -  **  «b“ 

the  phonograph  with  loud  hand  muelc  helpe 


April  4th  10- 

Prof.  Michael  1.  Pupin, 

1  West  72nd.  Street, 

Blew  York  City. 

pear  Sir: 

Youre  of  the  26th  ult.  regarding 
the  etatue  of  American  inventors  in  foreign 
countries  received.  Mr.  Edison  directs  me 


to  write  that  he  will  co-opsrate  with  you, 
but  will  be  unable  to  join  you  at  the  dinner, 
to  be  held  en  April  8th..,  he  being  at  his 
winter  home  in  PI or ids  and  will  not  return 


until  the  latter  part  of  this  month. 

Yours  very  truly, 

*I>rU  6th  10. 

«di*on  Portland  Qeaont  qo\t 
3Cr.  Bdufund  H.  Carh&xt , 

Stewart  BTillfl ,  2?»  w. Jersey . 

3>ear  Hr.  Carhait: 

Kr*  -»4l»6ja  &l**ctea  mts  to 
write  Mr.  Carman  to  lock  aTter  iho  Ifenio 
Pork  property  and  see  that  no  **e  Manage*  it 
or  uaae  it  without  pefexistUon,  and  1  tolB 
done  ao  to-day. 

Your*  rery  truly, 



«$***%*  i». 


Bradley  «Oift»«GiU^t  WU  . 

1  ll*ta»tfn.13fc«!  *«**.? 

Bear  Slri 

the  applloarite^.  -^Hk 

York,  x  •«¥&  ^KliBOnj 

who  1*  4n%it)»-Sida  wsi  -h*.  -ahnt'B*  the  $»cto6ad 
telegas**  Wja^oVliJg 


4»$?iVtafe  id. 

>  Daui*  swinger , 

Schaefer  Alkaloid  Vdfrkfc,' 
Maywood ,  HOW  Jo  Mery* 

Down  he  xe  in  Florida  whore  1  spend 
5^  winters,  they  hatre  just  erected  a  large 
Orange  Packing  House*  Of  the  total  Oranges  and 
Orape “fruit  shipped,  about  SO, POO  boxes  are 
rejected  And  thrown  away* 

1  hare  spoken  to  the  President ,  Mr. 
Holtman,  suggesting  that  they  write  you  and 
ascertain  if  you  would  handle  the  product,  if 
they  would  put  in  a  press  and  express  the 
jttice  from  the  Oranges  and  Crape-jTfcuit  and 
ship  it  in  barrels  to  you  for  the .extraction 
of  the  Citric  Acid,  oil  Demon  and  Fruit  Sugar- 

They  could  ship  the  peel  for  further 
extraction  of  oil-  of  Demon. 

Hp  will  probably  write  you  on  the 
subject.  . 

TTours  rery  truly, 

(Signed)  paiawn. 

Original. sent  in  Mr.  Ddieon's  handdwritl^g 
yellow  pad,  lead  pencil  dated  April  .10* 


April  15th  10. 

S .  Bergmann ,  Es  q.  , 

23  oudenarderetr. , 

Berlin,  H.  Germany. 

Dear  Mr.  Bergmann: 

Your  letter  of  the  24th  ult. 
received.  Mr.  Edison  diredts  me  to  write  you 
that  all  the  estimates  as  to  coBts  of  factory 
and  manufactures,  and  all  data  are  in  the  hands 
of  J.  P.  Morgan  &  Co.  Parshall  is  investigating 
and  he  thinks  it  will  he  favorable 

Beech's  street  car  is  proving  a  great 
auccess  and  I  enclose  herewith  one  of  the 
numerous  press  clippings,  descriptive  of  the  same. 

YourB  very  truly. 


Enclosure . 

April  15tb  10. 

H.  H.  Howe,  HBq. , 

care  A.  Pardee  A  Co., 

252  Drexel  Building, 

Philadelphia,  Pa. 

Dear  Sir: 

Replying  to  your  letter  of  the  4th 
instant  Ur.  Edison  directs  «e  to  write  yott 
that  the  new  battery  is  all  night.  there  ate 
two  aiees,  called  '’AA*  and  "A8!*.  the  else  *A4rt 
will  go  on  good  roads  about  90  to  >00  mil t)H  and 
the  "A6"  ISO  to  160  miles,  depending  on  the 
runabout.  You  can  depend  upon  the  batter?* 

As  to  the  life  of  the  battery,  tj«*t  dWp#iid* 
upon -following  our  instructions,  they  will  IfeAt 
several  years  and  can  be  made  nearly  a6  good  A* 
new  for  one  half  the  original  coBt- 

The  battery  costs-  a  little  high  to 
obtain  reliability  and  very  light  weight  it  nae 
twice  the  power  of  a  lead  battery  of  the  saw® 
weight  and  will  Outlapt  several  sets  pf  fee#/ 

April  loth.  10, 


My  dear  Baaigalupi: 

Your  letter  of  the  2nd  instant 
received.  1  am  sorry  to  hear  you  have  dropped 
out  of  the  -wholesale  husinesB-  You  are  right, 
you  have  heena  "Square  Dealer"  and  you  should 
he  proud  of  it. 

It  is ,  and  haB  been  a  pleasure  to  deal 
with  a  man  who  has  always  fce«t  and  is,  Vf  ****»> 

Regard!^  the  $«*»*  1  ta0* 

aMut  o»  »»»  «*.  “»  1  ““  ** 

part  to  Hr.  «**.  *»  «»  «  «'*“* 

-thrown  3^8^- 

1ciha*Ht  regards,  heliev# 

.Yaurs  "very  truly, 

7/ir'.  f  £’V-Urt 

petsr  ****» 


Ssn  Pranci80d,  Cal’ 


April  21st  10 

Mrs.  Stuart  Shoetz, 

Hackettstown,  N.  J- 
Dear  Madam: 

Your  letter  of  the  20th  instant 
received.  You  certainly  misunderstood  our 
circular  letter.  Mr.  Edison  does  not  construct 
cement,  houses,  he  is  Just  experimenting,  and  as 
soon  as  he  pours  the  first  house  here  at  Orange, 
he  will  then  license  others  to  huild  them. 

The  moulds  for  the  first  house  are 
about  half  finished  and  they  will  probably 
be  completed  this  summer;  when  he  will  pour  th 
first  experimental  house  on  his  property  here 
in  Orange. 

I  enclose  another  circular  letter; 
r9ad  it  over  carefully  and  you  will  find 
have  got  a  wrong  session  of  the  matter- 

Yours  veTy  truly, 



Apr.  23,  1910 

Mi.  Edward  D.  Adams, 

71  Broadway, 

Sew  York  City- 
Dear  Sir:  - 

Answering  year  letter  of  the  18th  Hurt.,  regarding  Mr.  Paul 
Mankiewita,  a  Director  of  the  Deutsohe  Bank,  of  Berlin; - 

Mr.  Edison  directs  me  to  write  you  that  he  will  he  ftlad  to 
see  him  any  day  convenient  to  him.  provided  he  will  give  Hr.  Edison 
one  day’s  notice,  hy  telephone  or  otherwise,  of  his  contemplated  visit, 

Yours  very  truly, 


-April  19th  10. 


Hare  axe  -a  few  figure e  rapidly  made,  upon 
receiving  your  letter  today,  April  19th.  Perhaps  I 
hare  made  some  error  somewhere ,  go  oyer  the  subject 
yourself  and  you  -will  realize  ‘importance  of  light 
weight  battery. 

Assuming  oar  weighs  14000  pounds  with 
35  passengers  at  180  pounds  each,  4000  for  passengers, 
200  cells  battery  8B40,  leaves  7160  .pounds  for  car. 
Hence  it  requires  -a  pound  of  car  to  carry  a  pound  of 
battery  or  passenger,  or  remove ab la  material,  and 
the  parts  of  the  -car  will  be  under  a  certain 
Btrain.  these  strains  are  due  to  its  own  weight 
and  the.  weight  of  the  battery  and  passengers, 
straining  the  body  and  the  chassis  bf  concussion. 

Ihe  -only  -safe  thing  to  do  when  you  add  a 
pound  of  weight  -of  any  hind  is  that  a  pound  should 
be  added  to  the  oar.  “Very  few  have  attained  this. 

How  let  us  figure  out  the  car  run  with  Exide  battery, 
which  is  the  only  one  ll^it  enough  to  be  considered, 
but  which  will  not  stand  the  sharp  jars  of  a  car; 
which  are  very  much  sharper  than  on  a  rubber  tired 
vehicle.  There  the  }ar  is  softened  by  the  rubber 
and  doe.  not  have  -wo  great  a  tendoncy  to  jar  the 
oxide  out  of  the  -lead  grid* 

Edison  Eattery  A4  240  VolV 150  amp. 

56000  watts,  .7  tons  71  miles,  at  72  watts  ton  mile, 
weight  2840. 

Exile  11 -Plate  weight  30  pounds  with 
crate .  120  cells  5600  pounds,  33600  wattejreight 
■ddwd  760  pounds'.  To  Jc*ep  Strains  same  760  pounds 
S  be  addeaTtbtal  1520..  This  require. 

55  watts  extra  per  mile,  83  mile  run  3339  watts, 
SirlStSStea fro*  its  full  rated  capacityof  33600, 
leaves  only  30261,  M?  S739  watts  short  of  EdlBon 
battery-  Evidently  this  battery  is  too  small  if 
caw.  i.  to  be  maintained  with  PMpar  strains. 


Ihe  piaxt  else  is: 

«np.,  weight  per  cell  with^tra^ ’ iS^pouSda?  ‘Total 
L^am  Weight  added  2200  pounds 

i2nna^  p2n?t^t  0tratn  a<W  «00  pounds;  ea*  tota"’ 
till  ^*i6  retJuireB  154  "*«»  eitxa  per 

5*.r®»  or  97Q2,  extra  watte  required-  This  Buhtrimtoa 
only  306X8  watte,  which,  is  5382*  d 
^U^nS°do  ±f  E4is°n  ?at*?ry‘  Evidently  this  size 
wm  not  do  if  car  is  tp  he  made  to  fit  the  load. 

w-i+w®* the  16  pWe  battery.  Okie 
wpigka  with  crate  48  pounds,  120  cellB  total  5760 

mQ  |P.»*W  “9™  than  the  Edison  Battery. 
£*3*  •«<>«*  capacity  total  47040  wait 

W®  ®*tra  requires  3980  pounds  of  car  to 
PVf?-  iJPfal  ,594?  pounde,  or,  208  watts  per  mile 
0X  £2?  £3  miles  13104  extra  watts.  Deduct 
this  frpm  47040  le&ve e  33936  watts,  or  2064  less. 

ratApg,  than  t>e  Edieon  Battery  at  normal 
rating.  This  -battery  might  just  .pull  thru  for 
three  months,  with  hAnest  6arf  i.e.  (pound  to 
PuJ£i a  pound,  of  removeable  weight)  but  I  doubt  it. 

I  think  the  next  size  pr  17  plate  is  the  only  one 
that  will  do  it. 

■17  plate.  3?4  ampere,  weight  with  tray 
54  pounds,  120  cells,  total  6480  poundB,  or.  3640 
pounds  more  than  the  Edison  (200  A4)  53760  watte,  ' 
now  3640  pounds  extra ’load’ requires  3640  extra  car 
weight;  total  7280  poundB.  which  at  72  wattB,  calls 
for  255  8xtra  watts  per  mile,  pr  15810  watts.  This 
subtracted1  from  53760  watts  leavee  37950  watts. 

How  with  an  honest  built  oar,  17  plate 
Exide  is  the  smallest  battery  that  will  do  the 
work,  and  keep  same  oar  strains  and  depreciation, 
of  course  the  track  will  depreciate  more  and  wear 
of  wheels  be  more,  chains  etc.  '  . ' 

■Where  these  lead  people  will  fool  the  R.R. 
people  is  in  overloading  the  car  with  extra  weight. 
The  battery  might  be  kept  up  for  five  cents  car 
mile,  but  how  about  extra  strains  and  wear.  The 
R.R.  men  can't  see  this  until  too  late.  However, 

•  if  R.R.  people  have  bright  engineers  they  will  hot  be 
fooled  by  these  people.  . 

I  would  have  been  a  fool  to  have  worked 
seven  years  and  expended  nearly  two  million,  to  get 
the  weight  down  to  half,. and  its  life  two  or  three 
times  greater,  if  I  did  not  know  what  wap  required 
to  spire  vehicle  traction  in  Cities  in  a  commercial 

These  figures  Are  hastily  made  and  you 
may  find  a  flaw  in  them;  "but  you  can  do  some 
figuring  yourself,  and  you  will  see  what  an  important 
thing  reduction  in  weight  is,  in  batteries. 



To  {U  H.  Beach,  Esq. , 

10  Fifth  Avenue, 

Hew  York  City. 

Original  letter  In  Mr.  B?s  handwriting,  pencil, 
y«p.  received  from  Florida  on  April  23rd  and 
forwarded  to  Mr.  Beach  same  day. 

April  25«t  10. 

Clifton  Copper  Bolt  Mining  Co., 

Mr.  Trank  B.  FUs«n,  Gen<  Manager, 

Salt  take  city,  Utak. 

Boar  Sir: 

Mr.  iSdiuon  ttiroctA  «e  to  vwrlto  you 
tkat  ke  can  now  USO  Blejautk.  Please  gire  us 

a  quotation  un  »*k  WM?  *iWttitk  °**» 

Most  skipping  ^pplnl  19  payload  lot*  nlth.  away-. 
Cquld  it  bo  *J»  *>9*  1,1  S°W? 

Yours  rpry  truly, 

Soorutary . 


Straight  lighting 
32  Cello  171  lbs.  each  -weigh 
Capacity  300  ampei-ae 
B.  R.  Co.  pay 

- - - TRAIN.  Ilttfill] 


Axit  dyhamo  &  applianbe  weigh 
1$  belie  171  iha*  each  * 
dkfcuhUy  800 
R.  R.  04.  pay 

954  pounds 
2736  * 

9.$  K.*«R. 

6V72  pounds 
1®  X.V.H. 
$fc0fc.  to  $660. 


Axis  dynamo  &  appliances  weigh  ***  pounds 

27  Cells  27  lbs.  each  " 

$*DfWity  500  as® eras  3.6  Z.V&, 

m  B,  Oo*  P»y«  Axle  devices  #6QQ.  battery  $729.  $1329.00 

Slight  lighting 

AS*  go  Pell"  *7  »*•  a*0*1 

Oapaplty  30°  m**** 

R,  R,  Co.  pay 

l$qo  pownbjj 
^  K.W.S* 


STOP.n  the  car  average.  3»0  mil..  P«  de»  *lto 
Straight  sighting-  W°°  »«“«»  ot  tatt.ry  s«ll.d  «■*!, 

dl.tann.  S«  «»  «  *  ““**•  ^ 

mile  hauling,  a.  *«*t  on  »»1.  high  W.M  trnln,  it 

toaoUrttB  to  #1.13  per  day,  qr  #332,  per  year  of  312  days. 

With  the  Lead  Battery  we  have  5472  pounds  hauled 
the  distance  or  957  ton  miles  daily,  which  at  l/2  cent 
per  ton  mile  amount b  to  #4,75  dally  or  $1491.00  per  year. 

It  would  t$pear  from  this  that  the  R.  R.  Co. 
could  buy  our  battery,  haul  It  around  for  a  year  and  then 
throw  it  away  *  and  it  would  he  cheaper  than  It  wotCLd  he 
to  haww  the  Lead  Battery  presented  to  them,  ae  a  free 
gift,  together  with  a  check  for  #220, 

With  Axle  Lighting  if  our  battery  lasts  one  end 

one  half  years  the  Railroad  Co.  would  have  to  receive  Lead 
Battery  as  a  gift  to  oonippte- 

Apr,  26*b  Jpj 

The  Century  Magazine, 

lir.  Clarence  C.  Buol, 

Associate  Editor, 

Union  Square,  U.  Y. 

Boar  Six: 

Replying  -to  your  letter  at  the  164b. 

Instant  regarding  the  interview,  I  beg  to.  say 
that  Mr.  Edison  loft  it  in  Florida  by  mistake. 

He  has  sent  for  it,  but  if  you  have  a  copy  of 
the  manuscript,  please  send  it  to  Orange  and  he 
will  go  over  it  and  return  it  to  you  ae  soon  as 
possible . 

Yours  very  trull', 

SounsUiy.  / 


nftaMr.  SBd*  a®- 

"*.  X.  L.  Dickson,  E»q.r 
4,  Denman  Street, 

Piochdilly  Circus,, 

London,  w.  JSngland,. 

DwCr  <sirt 

Your  letter  «r  the  16th  instant 
ttr.  Edison  directs  b»  to  -write 
mx*l  this  is  out  of  his.  line,  bo  he  cannot  -use 
You*  esrffct,  see  Mr-  PsrafaaX*,  cons»lt±je 
«jglW*C\  St  Salisbury  House  ,  London  %3.1,. 

X«(Ac>s  e.O.  Snglanfi,  who  is  u.  friend,  of  !Er>  TSdieon 
aTtf  *p  t*  in  Mr.  Par8hailrs  line  Hr.  Sdlsontis 
«S0«  Ilf  would  be  int  created. 

Yaurn  very  truly  >  , 


Apr.  26th  10, 

C.  S«  Spatpr,  * 

306  Shrove 

san  yfamvitMtO'f  C&i. 

Bear  Sir: 

Your  letter  of  the  12-fih 
g'd&flfe d.  ifr*  'Bdiaoif  tflJ r'dfcftf#'  WI&  W  y^ma  y&a 
tHat  AiWfcWon  is  a  £**«&  ******  ^  ***  «  **& 
VOVPW  and  will  probably  *4  a  l«fc*  ^ 

*be  future*  , 

Tiw?  X#peden  Company  ie  4 
^  hap  .fcflen  very  sUopaeafUl'  *1®  wUlnrt  #*» 
ip  np*  tijsd  op  tp  anybody,  all  <»**<***'  will  %4  ****** 
An  *toe  ord*;r  of  recpdpt  and  all  VIIV  get  *&« 

'Truoics  a ti  a  Blow  eale  t  a# 

U  not  educed  up  to  WW*-  U^*#**» 
TBhiCleB  bate  ft£pod  Bale  •  i* 

ddubt,  however,  fl»i*  you  wpuld  be  ^  $?/?>*  *&* 
p<f  ttf4t  your  prindipdi  would  be 

it  iftH  4#M#  tiie*  w  &t>  ii'  If  you  rollw 
™  „»h  Ml'  «*  W«  W*»  WV*'**  *”“>»*  *" 

If.  ».  He-htdr- 

W.  E,  Towles,  Bai., 

Eyero,  Florida. 

2Joar  Sir- 

Tours  of  the  24th  instant  received.  Bithejr 
you  fulfil  your  contract  or  I  shall  ask  the  Court 
tp  re  11  ere  -me  tttiin  it.  You  disturb  the  palm*  at 
your  risk,  as  I  hare  a  contract  interest  in  them. 

Yours  truly. 


Johfr  is/w*. , 


Dear  Mr*  Mprxds: 

y#«r  let-tor  e>f  tixo  Vit. 

rasai-rad.  'Mr.  Edl.aoh  directs  »Q  t©  yrj-ie  J?# 
that  ha  is  not  goi-ns  to  do  usyiMse  a®  ^ 
district,  ^ust  hOF;  »*?  went  y*»  ***«*' 

Y?w»  vary  fcrwjy ., 

May  4th  10. 

H.  E,  Heitman,  Esq., 

Port  Myers,  Florida. 

Dear  Sir: 

I  enclose  herewith  a  copy  of  letter 
received  at  this  office  to-day  from  W.  H.  TowleB, 
Fort  Myers,  vfaich  explains  itself. 

Mr.  Edison  directs  me  to  write  you  to 
secure  the  hest  lawyer  in  town,  he  is  going  to 
fight  this  man  clear  up  to  Washington. 

Yours  very  truly, 




May  B,  1910 

D.  S  .  Metals  Befining  Co., 

#42  Broadway,  H.  1. 


BeplyilS  to  7«M  of  «“  «*•  "SO'-Ofog  Bioimeh. 

».  sainon  »e  to  wi«.  70»  that  B.  -U  - 

uutil  nont  n-.  HO  -  only  0,0  it  wit*  profit  -  ^ 

.  v-  H0  WOUiu  XliCd 

«  »  »•»-  fox  -  entirely  ... 

to  git.  M»  •  x.»S»  «“  »f  4,“  " 

US.  and  will  not  affect  tho  tognlox  »rtet. 

Yours  very  truly, 



Hay  4th  *»©. 


I  send  yon  the ho  letters  in 
Confidence.  Dent  let  Rogers  too*  yon  see 


dill's-  01%  ... 
read  XIlw 

W.S.  We  are  naw  guaranteeing  battery  to  truck 
Ufeers  for  5  years  and  renew  for  one  half  of  l»t. 
We  are  dead  safe  they  are  good  for  5  or  more^ 

eopy  of  letter  sent-  to  S.  Bergnann  to  Ms  ho«e 
with  letter e  from  R.  to  P.L.D-  &  w.G.B. 


teiy  6th  JO. 

S.  TBergmann, 

as  Oudouardex  "Six*  „ 

Berlin,  2f,  (JftMnausr, 

So«r'Mr.  Bargtaann: 

Your  letter  <sf  the  ?Sjd  'Ult , 
rec®iT>ed.  £  do  tart  sue  how  we  fcohld  apare  :@ny 
■flake.  TTe  nd»  work  htght  am&  day  to  supply  ■mvpeVrQB 
.and  we  should  hare  to  -atop  -miunttf  act  wing  to  the 
extent  vT  the  amount  7<m  take- 

3he  flake  .making  apparatus  ie  cheaply  and 
•aafctty  made  ana  Hr,  3Mgfii*s’  hnbwa  all  about  itfw« 

-could  gi¥*  you  full  IWJtwctionn.  It#  the  simplest 
Imaginable  thing  to  dd,  *  understood  you  had 
-plenty  -of  room. 

■jhe  Snglitsh  -export  Han  -made  his  ^hrt  ^ 

and  I  expect  to  hear  from  the®  In  a  feu  weeks-  »>  wont 
Into  the  thing  thoroughly*  I**3  a  ***£*  reP™* 
is  extraordinarily  favorabis- 

Hearn  •  and  Company  ham  •3'*t  V)****^* 

5h«ir  lead  batteries  and  takeh  uurtv  **** 

^how  toot  uoWith-etanding  W  ** 

t4»oo^*  much  as  Me  *******  ‘ 

One  -half  of  'their  v&tc&*  wove  lead  m  ****** 
,T8d^eo»?  f9*  the  P***  fcrar 

Yours  very  ir^Or* 


May  6th,  1910, 

Mr.  Morris  Raohlin,  President, 

Union  Building  Co., 

Union  Bldg.,  Bowark,  12.  J. 

Bear*  Sir;  - 

Mr.  Upton  informs  me  that  you  have  deoided  to  use  Edison 
Cement  on  the  Essea;  Building  -  a  new  office  structure  which  your 
Company  proposes  to  put  up  in  Iiewark. 

Please  accept  my  thanks  for  your  Order.  I  am  certain  you 
will  find  Edison  Cement  to  he  all  that  is  claimed  for  it. 

With  my  best  wishes  for  the  success  of  your  undertaking. 

1  am, 

Yours  very  truly,- - -  ^ 

D.  Van  IToatrand  Co, , 

23  Murray  Street, 

Mew  York  City. 

Dear  Sirs: 

Till  you  kindly  send  to  the  Laboratory 
one  copy  of  the  "Handbook  for  Motion  Picture 
Operators"  by  Oscar  B.  Depue  and  C.  Francis 
Jenkins,  sending  the  bill  to  us. 

Yours  very  truly, 


May  9th  10. 

United  States  Metal  Refining  Co., 

Mr.  E.  Y.  Robert son,  Gen.  Mgr., 

42  Broadv/ay,  Rev/  York. 

Dear  Sir: 

Your  letter  of  the  6th  instant  received. 

Mr.  Edison  directs  me  to  write  you  that  you  do  not 
understand  his  position;  it  is  this. 

He  has  found  a  new  use  for  Bismuth.  ,It  will 
displace  another  metal ,  hut  this  metal  cannot  he 
displaced  with  any  profit  to  himself,  without  he 
can  get  the  Bismuth  at  a  certain  price.  If  he  knew 
the  price  and  could  he  certain  of  a  regular  supply 
he  could  erect  the  proper  apparatus  to  use  it. 

He  knows  the  commercial  position,  as 
regards  the  English  and  Germany  combination  and  he 
owns  a  Bismuth-Cohalt  mine  near  Cobalt,  Canada,  hut  so 
far  he  has  not  been  able  to  work  the  mine  on  account 
of  costs* 

Yours  vety  truly, 


Chas.  H.  Schott,  Esq;, 
560  Broadway, 

Replying  to  your  letter  of  the  5th 
instant  Mr.  Edison  directs  me  to  write  you 
that  the  fight  and  disreputable  pictures  are 
taken  by  pirates,  and  we  cannot  control  them. 

We  are  trying  to  stop  them  and  have  suits  now 
in  courts.  We  control  90^  of  all  the  films 
and  they  are  all  censored  hy  the  Board  of 
Censors  at  Hew  York. 

Yours  very  truly, 


Secretary . 


fc»y  8tfc  io^ 

;S<Bl  Jtstata  A  Ideal  Homes  Sxpoaltion3 

®r.  X,  1.  Haskell,  General  Manager, 

.  One  Madioon  Arvme,  Yon  York.  City. 

Bear  Sir: . 

Tour  letter  or  the  ?th  inotsnt  reo^vha. 
Mr*  -Sdison  directs  me  to  nsitc  you  that  he  -niia. 
aa*  get  the  -model  of  the  honse  t*er  id?  it  aSafr 
transportation,  together  with  A  iron  #HSuliia  «tsr 


He  -would  like  the  ^gjaee  a»?ay  Sfrdjti 
Oeajfint  exhibit  as  he  does  act  'want  -it 
VZth  a  every  one  nin  hh  daaHfe  tv 




3 »«V  ». 

Saawl  ievtnaoa, 

105  T13Llian  Straat, 

Itartyujglj. ,  >Jew  York, 

Dear  six: 

^2bar  letter  ot  the  "6th  Instant  oafct&g  some 
Cosatitms  jaxtalning  to  -electricity  *e nb%im6*  Yett* 
qaeatiDns  -and  JSr.  Xdiso&'a  mam  t»  da»  estm  a a*  *a 

U‘v  1*  electricity  a  goo4  Jit^?'*sslo»  1»r  a  Veung  wart 
nr  United  means  to  •purawT? 

la  a  aokbtX  fcr  'Jjjfee  jfoc*  the  Tstafc  to  get 

-a  t  after  of  electcioity® 

Av-  3h4fpK 

V»  ^on  aletrtrloivy  ifc >*4©4ita&J»-  t« 

OT  tlx  msatiia  in  «sn  iloo^lwa  4»l! 

IWtffc  've*y  UspiiSy^ 


Bay  £0. 

ite.  allwm  *mn  1U»>  *»  *M*  lf  *“  ’***“ 

j&sto-any  »«  i«ox»*«a  ®  *»  «*  »"*  “,'^* 

4ii  it.  atnital  W  ***■  Wl<1  “  *  <a””! 

W  «  aiBMOttj  »«  ***•!•>  ■** 

TfCJWft  **»«-  „  ,  // 

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HayVth  10. 

H.  P.  Parahall,  Ssq. , 

Salisbury  House , 

London  tfall, 

London,  e.a.  England. 

Bear  Mr.  ParshalD 

Enclosed  Herewith  find  copy  -of 
letter  from  Mr-  JTohn  T.  Morrow,  Sew  York,  datsa 
Hay  3rd,  regarding  the  exploitation  of  »tor»gt> 
battery  in  England. 

X  have  only  Just  seen  hi®,  hattefc  'ta*h 
Plorlda.  l)o  you  think  him  a  good  mafe,  ^  ^t^aws* 
install  the  English  works,,  providing 
accept  ay  proposition- 


May  11th  lO. 

Uranic  L.  Vileon,  Esq. , 

1107  Eleventh.  Are . , 

Altoona,  Penna. 

My  dear  Sir: 

me  small  sample  of  the 
in  whichSjismutli.  ocoutb* 

I  am  in  no  hurry  for  Bismuth,  hut  am  looking  out  for 
a  future  supply. 

Can  you  send 


different  rarities  of  ore 

X  have  found  a  new  use  for  It,  but  it»B 
cost  to  me  at  Orange  iahtkt  hot  e*&teW 
cents  per  pound  of  XetalliO  Bismuth;  otherwise  I 
cannot  substitute  It  for  the  davioe  already  i«  U8Q- 

I  Bhall  probably  need,  nart  year,  about 
400  pounds  daily,  which  will  increase.  Suppose  the 
proper  way  would  be  to  .concentrate  the  ore  to  fcigfc 
grade  by  jigging  or  nitre?  or  even  » 

rough  matte  of  the  metal*  *o  freight  rates  would  t>* 
within  reason. 

Xauxe  vety- 

Oliver  Ofaillea  Flo- 

K r.  A.  A.  Frederick.  Tar.  Agent. 

Gantiernen:  - 

replying  to  youre  of  the  10th  met.,  asking  us  to  have 

one  of  OUT  ropre.ant.tivee  coil  ..  ...  *•“  '«*“*“*  HO^.  «*««_. 

for  induotrial  locomotive  purposeo,  I  tee  to  “,is"  that  ”  **  ”S‘ 

„  r.  1.  Byex.  Vlo.  President  of  the  Edison  StOr.g.  Battery  o. 

,ho  If  in  -£®f£  •*«  •»  South  Bend  and  see  yon.  *  «" 

donhtodly  coll  on  yon  .lthin  the  neat  few  days. 

Tours  very  truly, 


May  16th  10. 

H»  X<  Heitman.,  , 

tfort Myers,  Florida. 

Dear  Sir: 

As  per  Instructions  from  Mr.  Sdiaott  I  encloee 
herewith  oopy  of  oontract  hewteen  Thos.  A^  Xdison  and 
T^trles  and  Bull  regarding  the  Main!  Trees  on  Rireraide  Are. 
The  following  jayments  have  hewn  made:- 
July  8th  1907  $1000.00 

April  14th  1908  $  s6OfQ0_ 



Yours  rery  truly , 



Jpypfo*— frr- 

....  .  ., ......... ....... . .  „  , , ,  ^ 

M&y  X6te  3.0. 

JaniBS  Rloalton,  Sbij.  , 

Ifeplewood*  Me*  Jersey. 

Dear  Mr.  Ricalton’l 

Yours  of  tee  M-te  mstaat 

received.  1*.  Bdteon  directs  toe  to  Write  you  teat  Re  *  "9 
**  obliged  tor  tee  gdmS,  Rut  so  far  Ra*  not  Reen  aRle 
to  «***»  teem.  He  says  tee  Kaffir.  **«■•  is  a  great 
cariosity  and  Rae  It  up  to  tee  house.  tTould  Itee  to 
toow  «  you  are  going  t>  Re  Rusy  teis  surner? 

YOure  very  tsuiy, 



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Kay  18th  10. 

George  B.  Brasher,  Esq. , 

Sec. -The  Pennsylvania  Society, 

Hutton  Building,  Spokane,  Wash. 

My  dear  Sir: 

Your  letter  of  the  10th  infant  received. 
There  is  no  douht  about  the  success  ot  the  Storage 
Battery  street  car,  it  has  now  been  .running  three 
months  on  the  28 th  &  29th  Sts.  Crosstown  Xine  in 
Hew  York.  electrle  carriages. 

The  sales  of  which  are  increasing  rapidly. 

The  mileage ’IB  such  with  the  new  battery,  that  a 
man  and  wife  and  child  can  go  out  all  day  on  one 
charge.  On  good  roads  here  150  mil**  i*  ^ing  *one. 

They  will  probably  displace  the  cheap 

gasoline  cans,  »  »~Pl.  -  «■**«  «“  rW“” 

„d  npheep  of  the  latter  are  "ally  prohibitory ,  and 

they  seldom  W>  »«r  W  °" 

„„  the  electric  and  the  cpheep  a.  compare  to 
gasoline  is  a  mere  nothing. 

Yesterday  the  Hew  York  limes  contained 
^  advertisement  of  Healy  and  Company,  «-  -H 


building  electrics  instead  of  gasoline  cars.  The 
advertisement  states  that  their  latest  Brougham 
with  four  people  was  running  between  New  York  and 
Philadelphia  (104  miles)  daily,  on  one  charge. 

They  use  70  cells  of  the  new  type  battery. 

1  have  no  interest  in  the  street  car, 

„  T)  TT  Beach  of  10  Fifth  Avenue , 
you  can  address  Mr-  R.  «.  Beacn  oi 

New  York  City,  about  that. 

So  far  the  only  electric  carriage 

.  builders  who  have  designed  their  carriages  so  new 

battery  can  be  used  are . - 

On  New  York, 

,  _  Dew  lor*, 

Healy  and  Co. 

Bailey  ana  Co.  to”Wiy' 

Anderson  Carriage  Co.  Detroit.  H 

„  +hp  largest  and  are  Belling 
The  last  named  company 

hansden  &  Company,  of  Newark,  New  Jersey, 

are  makers  of  one ,  two  end  two  and  one-half  ton 
trucks.  Adams  Express  Co.  have  160,  Macy 

department  stores.  The  Anderson  Carr  ag 

underetand,  will  eoon  Bring  oat  a  truck. 

I  thinl  if  y"»  °°"ld  y°” 

,,  taio  0»  the  agency  for  twee  people,  «d 
0  ...  Built  where  f»iW  ^ 

“4— .  -  - — “i”“ 


will,  in  time  result,  and  this  Business  is  exceed¬ 
ingly  profitable • 

Ip, 8.  I  enclose  herewith  the  latest  catalogues  of 
the  Lansden  Co.  and  the  Edison  Storage  Battery  Co, 


CONFIDBHTIAL .  lfay  18th *10. 

H.  M.  Howe,  Esq. , 

care  A.  Pardee  &  Co. , 

252  Drexel  Building, 

Philadelphia,  Penna. 

Dear  Mr.  Howe: 

Your  letter  of  the  16th  instant 
received.  Mr.  Edison  directs  me  to  write  you 
that  he  is  not  familiar  with  the  Detroit,  hut  his 
men  say  it  1b  good,  he  is  familiar -with  the 
vehicle  made  by  the  Bailey  Co. ,  of  Amesbury,  Hass, 
and  says  it.  is  a  good  one. 

Prom  the  price  mentioned  you  will 
©air.  an  "A  6"  battery.  Tills  will  be  -cheaper  than 
lead,  as  it  outlasts  lead  three  or  four  times. 

After  ydu  have  had  it  for  a  while  Mr. 
jdison  would  like  to  have  you  drop  him  a  line, 
letting  him  know  how  you  ate  getting  on  Vith  it. 

Yours  very  truly, 


Ohio  Valley  Exposition, 

Mr.  E.  B.  Davison, 

Commissioner  General, 

Chamber  of  Commerce  Bldg., 

Cincinnati,  Ohio. 

Yours  of  the  14th  instant  regarding 
the  exposition  to  he  held  at  Cincinnati,  betwen  the 
4th  and  18th  of  September  received.  Mr.  Edison 
directs  me  to  write  you  that  September  is  a  long 
way  off  and  that  he  is  so  overloaded  with  work 
that  he  may  not  be  able  to  come. 

YohrB  very  truly. 

■jl  y/M, 



Hay  19th  10. 


May  20.  1910. 

Mrs.  Chari 03  Batchelor. 

33  W.  85th  St. . 

Hew-  York  City. 

My  dear  Mrs-  Batchelor: 

I  enclose  you  correspondence  between  'Messrs. 
Hettil  1  i-  Kogers,  who  want  to  got  a  valuation  on  Phonograph  Works 
stock  to  nay  t.;e  transfer  test.  .  I  do  not  toot?  who  these  people 

•The  Works  3tock  is  all  right  ana  is  worth  par,  ana  will 
in  time  resume-  dividends,  as  1  as;  sure  the  phonograph  business  will 
in  tine  pick  up. 

If  you  wouia  prefer  to  take  no  risks  and  would  rather 
have  Bonds  of  the  Works  instead  of  stock,  I, will  exchange  twenty- 
five  $1,000, ,00  bonds  for  the  $25,344.00  par  value  stock  you  have 
if  you  accent  within  a  month.  l’ha  bonds  pay  5$.  Ail  the  bonds 
hut  thirty  are  owned  by  me.  Of  the  $300,000.00  bonds  originally 
issued,  $84,000.00  have  been  paid  off,  leaving  $216, OOOYO'Jroovering 
the  pronorty  of  the  Works— the  only  lien. 

You  can  send  anyone  over  to  investigate  the  fairness  of 
this  proposition.  Charley’s  stock  is  the  only  stock  out  that  is 
not  owned" by  me,  end  if  i  had  it  I  could  put  two  other  companies 
together  and  save  money  in  the  book-keeping  department^ 
ary  on  account  of  these  shares. 

Yours  very  truly,  ^ 

Letterbook,  LB-083 

This  letterbook  covers  the  period  May-August  1910.  Most  of  the 
correspondence  is  by  Edison,  Harry  F.  Miller,  and  George  A.  Meister.  Many  of 
the  letters  pertain  to  cement  construction  projects;  ongoing  progress  in  the 
development  of  molds  and  patterns  for  Edison’s  concrete  house;  the 
manufacture  of  Edison's  improved  alkaline  storage  battery  and  its  use  in 
automobiles,  trucks,  electric  railway  vehicles,  submarines,  and  yachts;  and  the 
production  of  batteries  in  Germany.  Among  the  items  relating  to  personal  and 
family  matters  are  letters  regarding  Edison’s  health  and  finances  and  the 
upkeep  of  his  winter  home  at  Fort  Myers,  Florida.  Also  included  is  a  letter  to  F. 
W.  Keitel  of  the  Farmers  Land  Co.  in  which  Edison  discusses  his  idea  to 
provide  irrigation  water  to  farmers  with  a  series  of  pumps  run  by  small  electric 

The  label  on  the  front  cover  contains  the  following  notation:  "T.A.E. 
Personal  -  From  May  21  st  1 91 0  -To-  August  29th  1910.”  There  is  an  inscription 
on  the  spine  with  similar  information.  The  book  contains  698  numbered  pages 
and  an  index.  Approximately  10  percent  of  the  book  has  been  selected. 



Uy  dear  Parehall 

I  had  already  told  Jack  Korgan 
that  1  thought  ha  had  hotter  not  go  Into  the 
battery,  scheme  in  England.  1  asa  fr cm  reports 
that  there  were  no  vehicles  or  instrumentalities 
in  that  country  at  pro  sent  to  warrant  it*  X  aleo 
refund  to  «p  the  matter  with  Korgan-Harjes 
at  Parle, 

Patll  Bergmann  makes  thd  new  battery 
he  cannot  hove  any  Bucoeoa.  Over  here  things  are 
booming.  Jhe  Erie  and  also  Lackawanna  have  taken 
up  the  pubjeot  of  electrifying  their  suburban 
traffic  with  pur  storage  battery. 

Am  making  a  cell  which  has  exjormoue 
charge  and  diBcharge  rats,  to  be  upod  Ph  an  electric 
locomotive  pulling  four  or  five  caps  (ordinary  kind); 

■  so  far  the  figures  are  surprising  for  the  email 
Investment*.  turjK  v,  £Z<r 

.  Parshall,  Esg. .  "C" 

Salisbury  House-;  %-  ■ 
London  Wall;.’;^^  ■ 
London;-,  -EnglSad^ 

With  jfiindest  regarde,  believe  me 

m  xMt 

uty  *lst 

Seym our  JBenthey.  , 

jSlactxfcj  'Vehicle  Co., 
iflnnaapolla,  'Blnn. 
liy  dear  Sir; 

'four  \srttBx  at  toe  3L7tii  instant 
stating  that  ^aauwrtitors  ugrp  asking  a  3.41  or 
miargtstqimiite  ragarfllng  the  storage  "battBjg^ 
receir-sd.  v  > 

I  want  to  Bey  that  <jrery  statement 
made  ta  toe  printed  liianatuye  of  the  SA^eon 
Storage.  Battery  Co.  i*  -correct,  in  «y«T 
particular,  and  that  -the  hatt^ry  will  permit  of 
toe  solution  of  the  problem  of  trucking  or 
pleasure  vehicles,  1»  A  perfectly  satisfactory 


n»y  ism  10. 

B.  Shaw,  Baq. , 

Willi  wasp art,  Pe^ni, 

By  dear  Bharir:  / 

AnpW  epoch  Taaki^  dS7ioe  1b  now 
in  the  field.  The  new  storage  Battery.  Plenty 
of  business  ahead,  if  you  are  not  ,00  old>  ^ 

I  guesB  you  are  hot. 

Wien  you  come  to  JTew  YorSr  oome 
over  and  let  me  ahow  you  something. 

Witdi  kindest  regards,  believe  me, 

Yours  very  truly. 


My  dew  Andwson: 

Ypujr  letter  of  Maroh  23yd  received. 
Jwet  Trait  two  or  three  weeks.'  I  have  t«kfn  " 
of  the  huainese  scheme  myself ,  Jfoero  trill  he  a 
hot  time  in  the  electric  rehicle  business  In  the 
advertising  line  in  the  next  two  months.  Just 

Go  ahead  and  sell  all  you  can  and 
watch  the  fun  coming.  That  Uaverly  Company  will 
set  up  and  take  notice. 

Under  no  cirouinBtancdfl  fdtlst  you. 
fail  to  have  that  test  run  vehicle  hetfe  hy'  the 
first  of  June;  aB  1  will  be  ready  for  it.  _ 

Youtb  VBty  truly,. 

Wt  6.  Anderson,  Esq. , 

Attderdott  t>- 

j£m %i3h***a* 

mMay  24,  10 

John  Hagan,  Es  q. , 

care  Peter  Hagan  Co., 

218  Walnut  Street, 

Philadelphia,  Pa. 

Pear  Sir: 

Your  letter  of  the  21st  instant  regarding 
a  concrete  "barge  received.  Hr.  Edison  directs  he 
to  write  you  that  he  does  not  think  there  would  "be 
any  trouble  in  building  one  and  it  oould  be  built 
cheaper.  I  would  advise  you  to  write  to  Mr.  H.  I. 

Moje  r,  375  Pulton  Street,  Brooklyn,  N.  Y.  who  is  well 
-up  in  concrete  work  and  has  erected  all  of  our 
concrete  factories  here  in  Orange. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Secretary.  / 

S,  32,  Heltman,  Eeq. , 

Port  Itye  rB,  Plorida. 

J»fcy  24th  10. 


..Please  purchase  two  hires  of  Bees  for  my 
.place.  I  understand  that  Bees  cross  fertilize^  the 
huds  of  Oranges  ate.  and  prevent  dropping  of 
Immature  Oranges. 


Orig.  sent  Heilman  iriMr.  E's  handwriting  on  yelloi 
pad,  lead  pencil,  to-day. 

iiay  27,  1910 

J*ir.  Georg?  Hiram  iMann , 

$60  iVall  St.,  H.  y, 
Dear  Sir;- 

Inlying  to  yours  of  the  25th  last.  regarding  the  matter  of 
wireless  telegraphy,  l&r .  SfliBon  directs  me  to  write  you  that  he  is  afraid 
h*  will  he  against  the  hoys  on  wireless.  They  certainly  seriously  inter¬ 
fere  and  he  hopes  they  will  take  up  some  other  line. 

Kr.  J2dison  would  Hire  to  know  if  you  are  one  of  the  J'ann  BroB. 
he  knew  fifty  years  ago,  or  are  you  his  son?  He  thinks  one  was  named  Si 
Dunn  and  the  other  George. 


very  truly. 
Secretary  / 



Voir  -aa*-#  XO» 

P.  W.  Kelt >i,  -Kaq. , 

Camera  iAnd  Co.', 

821  B.  &  C.  Building, 

Benv&r,  Colorado. 

Bear  Sir. 

Replying  to  your  letter  of  the  83rd 
instant  would  say  that  my  idea  was  to  go  into 
the  mountains  and  get  a  water-power  sight,  put 
up  a  station  and  bring  the  electric  lines  down  to 
a  valley  in  which  there  was  a  stream  of  water — 
say  50  miles  away —  run  this  line  along  the  valley 
and  put  in  pumpB  run  by  . motors.  Each  farmer  could 
have  a  motor  conneoted  to  this  line  and  several 
hundred  oould  be  so  oooftected. 

Five  hundred  tons  of  water  could  be 
pumped  up  from  the  river,  25  feet  high,  with  a  two 
horse-power  mo-tor  running  10  hours,  the  water 
could  run  into  ditohes  or  sluice  boxes  and  the  cost 
would  be  about  fifty  oents  per  day. 

Yours  very  truly. 

»  -  -  Vi-  '  -l - ,V 

June  3,  1910 

jir-  A.  I.  Clycior, 

7eit  '3ert,  Oliio. 

J>ear  Sir ;  - 

replying  to  yours  of  the  31st  ultimo,  regarding  the  purohas 
of  some  stock  in’  the  Company  v/hioh  is  to  manufaoturs  the  talking -mo vj 
colored  picture  machine,  Mr*  Sdi3on  dirocts  me  to  write  you  that  he  3 
sorry  to  soy  that  the  colored  picture  scheme  is  for  a  Company  already 
organised*  This  Company  has  no  stock  for  sale. 

Tours  very  truly, 


teKiux'miZi***,,  lb*., 

~&acnaz>£L  'Xa®>«tsto r , 

^58  9hdw  St.  *  3Zv«r  York. 

^%-ewar^  "srjixa**^. 

5<n*r»  ■of  -th*  3anj  instant  '««^At'b<J 
■^h*  &c4*»'SB£3Qs^«aJ  I  think t  is  go  tag  ^  eieciri^ 
tiastt  tutartma  tfityBiwejwp  ^ttln  the  Starts*  Sattery 
Tmi:i— rttjaat  Yhslr  englxleara  »rs  working  on  it  *9d 
nion  tbs  General  2\eetri<}  people j  I  furiJifClng  tbe 
twitaay.  “53scey  «auid  bfcy  neve**}.  thousand  fcilpatfctts 
and  Tffiotad  twitnr.  ^aeod  ts  takft  it  «$  pstdc,  as  batteries 
<m3y  «s«  life  ortttari*  ^pewity, 

TSiSw^R^satt  ^  ^erSCLag  crat  tine  To*  ».  MU 
ia««ewttaaft  «nd  ^a«k  -«C  rtsj^  *}&  (fljwbftingf 

Yre».'*te«a  to  1  *&*•  what 

^5SB»  %>«**  the  s£*er  «aS 
ee^  tbwa  ^sswretit*  '29W*a*«*  ^rtaal^st . 

~&m*  «*y 

June  8,  isio 


2s5r.  S.  Bergman, 

C/o  The  Deutsche  Bdison  Akkumulatoren  ®o*t 
Droutheiiner  ,§tr.  35, 

Berlin,  Germany. 

Dear  Sir:- 

Ref erring  to  the  inclosed  letter  from  Guy  Simonds,  Uewoastle, 
Ragland,  iir.  Raison  would  like  you  to  send  him  a  couple  of  the  lamps 
used  in  colleries  mentioned  in  his  letter.  He  thinks  he  could  sell,  many 
of  them  in  the  United  States. 

'-fours  very  truly, 

~Ji  yjLa,^. 

HRLl/Tl1  Secretary  ' 


Hr.  biiAifeo  Rob*.  a»4., 
bslrosn,  Xlaltea, 

83  HltoheU  Bt.  * 

Glasgow,  Scotland . 

4iy  dear  sir: 

Your  letters  a f  the  30th  -«jf  April  and 
30th  of  May  received.  I  do  not  tUce  ujp  anythin 
nevt,  pi>t Bids  9f  py  reguXixt  budinfids,  a*  1  an  . 
ghttin#  ido'  old.  Regarding  the  battery,  then* 
d«dia6  ttf  he  little  chance  in  England ,  until 
titidiitto  A&tcttobiiaa,  both  pleasure  and  t rucks, 
bdArfttii  tidied  gehdfal .  -Uiey  are  increasing  rspidly 
in  thie  country  and  by  refle*  action  will,  In  time, 
probably  increase  in  England. 

Ymiye  yury  trji3.y:. 

June  1G,  1910 

Mr.  S.  0.  wilier, 
C/o  iiouui-, 

Bioreu  £  w>. 

iiy  Dear  lir.  Hill  ;  ~ 

the  approximate  vw-ln ° 

to  your  a  of  the  11th  Inst.,  aeklng  -for 
stocks  of  the  following  Companies-' 

.  Imperial  2i_.,*ctjrio  light  Co. 

.  iSdioon  Slue -trie  C°*  of  Europe. 

iSdison  0ro  filing  co. 

K.  <J.  &  i’oa-"-14*  Concentrating  Works. 

I  wouid  state  tl.ut  t*ho  first  two  Companies  are  unknown  to  me,  and 
the  last  three  B***tlcnpa  have  been  wound  up  and  the  stock  is  of  h< 
vilue . 


■?ours  very  truly. 


JuB*  16th  10. 

Ifr.  miwr--Sngi«iN>r, 

Rot*  Inland  ft.  ftv  Offi*#, 

116  Broadway*  S«  York. 

'%  «le}ir  Sl*i 

Kuralt s  report  received. 

&«  General  ftlactrie  engineer*  do  not 
«Oea  to  eathuae.  over  the  not  or  proposition.  th«y 
^y  the  heating  at  wot ore  will  he  ejweaeive.  1B»e*e 
people  are  in  a  rut  and  cannot  get  out.  I  *» 
ttrtiiS  on  it  ayeelf ,  it  1  find  it  iaapr&ciicable 

-with  thfl  hattwty,  mil %  let  W  k»W  *«o».  Bjihk  X 
know  what  la  wanted  to  w*tj  »u»  the  «*ount  «* 
freight  utatod  oyer  the  read,  daily,  without  any 
abnormal  coa*  per  tpiv-mllw,  -and  with  the  i££§jL 
pOeaiblq  inreatment ,  no  matter  how  it  in  done. 

I  *vpp£>«e ,  nf  oaurae,  you  have  «h««»*«d 
afrt  the  jxwaifcttitle*  o*  dbing  it  with  geared 
SSdofcetivd*  etc. 

Your*  very  truly , 

I  lib 

June  leth  10. 

Vent  Point  Mgg„  Co., 

fc*wgdal«,  Alabama  - 

Ewa*  Sira: 

Your  lot-tor  of  the  14th  instant 
regarding  the  storage  battery  received,  Ae 
per  request  of  Mr.  Edison  I  am  Bending  y«U 
under  separate  cover  Electric  Vehicle  catalogues 
fraslteesr*.  Andersen  Carriage  Go, ,  S.  B.  Bsilsy 
&  Co.  and  the  £ansden  Co.  Also  a  catapcgwe'ef  - 
the  Edison  storage  Battery  Company1 ■  new  ignition 
bell,  and  a  catalog  of  the  Edison  Storage  Battery 
Co.  -containing  the  data  and  illustrations  sf 
their  new  type  storage  batteries. 

Mr.  Edison  directs  me  to  write  -you 
that  he  has  not  raised  the  efficiency*  but  what  is 
mere  important,  has  made  thw  battery- reliable. 

Years  very  truly. 




■JMn*  1  m  l #• 

*•  «•  **41*11*!  ***»♦„ 

**4*rtW  GerrUg*  Otefcetfr, 

1«,  Ulchigk*. 

%  4tat  4&*»|»ht 

**  M*#i*#»dttoe,  fe*t^#s*ei*K 
WK  4ft  tfeli  dH&tty  ii  ihu#w*ftrin«^*u  A<ei*46*<  vaA 

*  mS‘*  w  *  IMhioiifc#  id  »dhd  tmr  >«4*h 

Wl"jt  Im  iir  «*e*ur  b* 

3*wt  rifcfet  t*  mbA  jr*Ur  cet^Ugut  *b4rt  ItjAy  tt* " 
dMd  battery  4*  aentleaM. 

»•  7»o  intend  gettipt^eut  in 
e4iti»n?  Dnn  I  juHrertlse  the  test*  there  vUl  be 

*  t >lc  4 mm*  fpp  tii**  t&&  it  weuld'nt.leet;  veil  t* 

•m  Vm»  t  fc#?*r  abeut  it?  ,  ■&  «*  V  ' 

Tear#  rery  truly*  .? 


June  18th  10. 

W.  V.  Finley,  Esq.,  Pres., 

Seuthern  Railway  Camp  any, 

1300  Pennsylvania  Are . , 

Washington,  0.  C. 

Jfy  dear  Sir: 

I  loarn  from  the  newspapers  that  the 
Seuthern  R.  R.  contemplate  using  sene  gas-electric 
cars.  I  desire  to  call  yeur  attention,  before 
you  go  toe  far,  that  with  joy  new  storage  battery, 
the  storage  battery  car  and  lecenet ire  will  solve 
the  problem  of  making  branch  lines  pay  better  than 
by  any  ether  method. 

1  am  at  present  engaged  ih  working  up  a 
system  #f  electrifying  the  Few  York  end  ef  -the  Brie 
Railroad  system,  by  using  stersge  battery  lecsmetiwea, 
doing  away  with  trolleys  and  permitting  a  gradual 
transition,  f rem  steam  t#  slsotric ,  with  ns  riek  as 

to  investment.  _ 

Yours  very  truly, 

^>s(L.~>  a  £u— 

June  20th.  IQ. 

S.  IhitmofB  Agile, 

South  HfcSne. 
aerawu?  Six  5 

Replying  to  your  letter  of  the  l<th 
-itilftuit  wotaA  a  ay  that  Ur*  Bortin  misunderstood 
aay  xeq[ueBt»  ~«h«ct  1  «&ea  lmo  to  fluff  <wt  t *  you 

BOUW  4o  *o»o  figuring  for  me  In  connection  with 
a.  ptDpopofl  storage  tjattery  leeomotiwe  to*  wleotrify- 
ing  the  Brie  Baiiroaff1*  auburban  traffic. 

X  suppose  about  two  weeJtn  goric,  perhsp* 
morfl,  would  ba  required,  hut  I  would  Jwwe  to  h*w  » 
jdonB  at  nty  labweatory- 

Ifam  Will  your  w&catlcBn  an#  and  «lhat  are 
youf  marge*  par  J»ajr,^8£r  «uch  wor»t  ^ 

Youra  vary  tsslr*  J 


J.  M.  Lansdon,  Jr.,  Esq.  , 
care  The  Lane den  Co., 

54  Lackawanna  Are .  , 

Newark,  New  Jersey. 



Uhat  are  proepects  for  mere  order*. 

Hare  yeu  heard  from  your  Chicago  mam  and  how 
about  getting  another  first  class  eae. 

Are  you  getting  copies  of  talking  poUts 
for  your  agents  as  they  are  *ade  frea  day  day. 
Bee  has  then. 

(Signed)  Edison 

Original  Bent  J*  L«Jr.  y*P* 

Jwt*  22nd  *0, 

Villia*  Werner,  Esq., 

657  Vanderbilt  Street, 

Brooklyn,  Hew  Yedc. 

T*”r“  °r  th"  20tt  W«»t  th, 

h.u..  r...lrW,  Hr.  3ai„„  dlr<ct.  „  t. 
-It.  y.u  that  th.  f.„.  f„  th.  „.  >nly 

“  P„  ..„t  a.  ir,„  r.raa  r.„  th>  ^ iU>r 

""  I"t  or  th*  “«y  —  ..t  up  1,  th. 

1*b,r*t,ry  "“*•  “d  ”»  «  —  —  th..  M  ... 
th«.  If  jr.u  o»».  ,ut  ,t.  or.^..,  f„r  „r 

B.=h.m  .h.  «11  slT.  „u  U1 
arailable  at  the  present  time. 

Yeurs  rery  truly, 


Jane  2Srt  10. 


Morse  Chain  Co., 

Mr.  C.  W.  Fletcher, 

Ithaca,  New  York. 

Dear  Sir: 

Replying  to  your  letter  of  the  3&th 
Instant  Mr.  Edison  directs  me  to  write  yea  that 
he  does  not  know  how  he  made  the  mistake-  *e 
oould  use  forty  inch  wheels. 

Yours  Tory  truly. 



June  23rd  10 

My. dear  Anderson: 

Your  letter  of  June  20th  received. 
Please  realize  that  all  these  tests  and  records  are 
for  you,  Bailey  and  myself,  and  nothing  will  be 
published  without  the  sanction  of  all. 

When  1  get  results  and  a  print  of  -the  pro-- 
posed  ad  they  will  be  sent  you  for  your  approval.  I 
am  anxious. your  car  should  show  up  big. 

The  whole  value  of  these  tests  are;  firBt,- 
that  they  will  be  official;  second  and  moBt  important 
of  all,  that  whan  the  vehicle  returns  to  the  point 
it  started  from  it  will  be  run  to  a  standstill,  to 
show  exactly  how  many  extra  miles  it  still  has  in, 

so  as  to  Insure  the  public  that  the  route  cab  be 
covered  safely  with  the  margin  shown.  Mo  route  will 
be  published  that  does  not  have  a  good  margin. 

Regarding  Catalogues.  I  want  them  , to  send 
in  reply  to  inquiries  from  foreign  countries,  asking 
about  the  battery.  1  take  occasion  to  send  our 
catalogue,  together  with  yours  and  Bailey's,  but  it-,, 
occurred  to  me  the  other  day  that  this  would  be 
confusing  to  the  foreigner,  as  everything  mentioned 
in  yours  refers  to  the  Lead,  could  you  get  o\it  a 

leaflet  showing  cuts  of  different  types  of  your 
vehicles,  especially  for  the  Bdiso*  battery.  1  think, 
in  time,  you  could  get  a  nice  lot  of  foreign  business. 

When  1  tell  you  about  hard  tires  it  is 
never  based  on  theory  but  on  experiments.  I  am 
purely  an  experimenter  and  not  a  theorist.  When  the 
tire  men  tell  you  that  hard  pumped  tires  are  best 
they  are  mistaken.  We  have  twenty  one  automobiles 
here  and  we  keep  records.  The  tire  men  say  if  you 
have  soft  tires  the  cotton  wears  out.  Our  experience 
is,  that  when  the  tires  are  hard  pumped  the  rubber 
wears  out,  long  before  the  cotton;  therefore  we  pump 
soft,  sustain  the  wdight  of  the  auto  over  two  or  three 
times  the  area  of  shoe  and  let  the  cotton  wear.  But, 

1  notice,  the*  }tstS!i  beats  the  rubber.  This  is 
macadam  road  practice.  On  asphalt  the  hard  pumped 
tire  takes  less  power  and  wears  longer,  which  1b 
just  the  opposite  on  macadam.  Perhaps  the  tire  men 
got  their  experience  from  French  tests  and  publications 
and  hence,  recommend  this  practiced 

You,  I  suppose  know,  that  I  have  men  at  state 
capitols  getting  nameB  from  License  Bureau  Record,  of 
all  the  Electrics  sold  within  the  last  ten  years;  and 'i 
follow  up  with  other  men  their  locality  and  get  their'  • 
record,-  also  whers  possible  a  letter  from  the  owner. 

The  record  is  a  bad  one,  all  due  to  the  battery.  Vehicles 
all  seem  to  be  O.K.  I  enclose  herewith  a  ooRy1  6t  a 
letter. that  is  really  funny- 

The  Lead  battery  people  don’t  realize  how  bad  it  1 

They  probably  do  not 
permanent  business  t 

care ,  they  can  never  build  up 
le  way  they  are  doing. 

Yours  very  truly, 

One  enclosure. 

Messrs.  Kuhn,  loeb  &  Co., 
#52  William  St., 

New  York  City. 

The  Edison  Business  Phonograph  Co.  are  the  owners  of 
nine  shares  of  The  Assenting  Stook  of  the  WestinghouBe  Electric  & 
Mfg.  Co.,  Certificate  No.  N.  Y.  2712,  the  par  value  of  which  is 

Will  you  please  advise  me  if  you  oouia  sell  these  shares 
for  them  ana  at  what  price,  and  oblige. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Secretary. ' 

X^Owv  o$div%mc\, 

}  MtKcarv»v|eur ^owv^uc^iiiir 

VaJCOA*  "wJir^tSo  ofel'tK*tt  *«mc 
'Vncrt.  Con^<bmtl»K^ 

-i(iu  i»  ttirn^  tnu«Vi  kificv 

In^MwnrdHi  W 

... - ^Otui 

*"^>^01  Su 


CONFIDENTIAL!  June  27th  l0. 

W.  '£.  L.  Dickson,  Esq.,  ’ 

4,  Denman  Street,  « 

Piccadilly  Circus, 

London,  w.  England. 

Dear  Mr.  Dickson: 

Replying  to  you r  letter  of  the  18th  instant 
Mr.  Edison  directs  me  to  write  you  that  Stewart  is  N.G. 

He  did  not  call.  At  &  previous  call  he  borrowed  money  and  never 
paid.  Be  careful  what  you  do  with  him. 

Yours  with  kindest  regards, 

~ji  7. 


a*.  -.y&i  ■ 



June  27,  1910 

Mr.  B.  13.  ” a( 

#16  Y/e Bt  Third  Streot, 

3t.  Charles,  Ill. 

Dear  Sir; 

Youra  of  the  loth  inst.,  received,  regard¬ 
ing  the  Storage  Battery  which  you  have  been  experimenting 
on.  Mr.  Bdison  directs  mo  to  write  you  that  it  is  im¬ 
possible  to  tost  the  nickel  element  and  be  sure  it  is  all 
right,  in  a  loss  period  than  three  years.  He  has  so  far 
tested  11,500  different  kinds  of  nickel  elements  and  some 
want  bad  in  less  than  a  year  and  £ 
the  end  of  four  years;  so  you  sec 
value . 

lorae  were  all  right  at 

<r«£  v 

ylorig  tests  are  of  any 

Yours  very  truly. 

.7  /Lf,  //> 

Jr  :'.wi 


Prof.  S.  Whitmore  Ashe 

South  Harp  swell,  Maine. 

My  dear  Sir: 

Yours  of  tho  23rd  instant  received. 

Will  let  you  know  in  a  short  time  if  I  can  avail 
myself  of  your  services.  Perhaps  I  could  have  you  work  out 
the  data  I  want  at  your  cottage,  I  will  see. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Tun*  28th  10. 

Geo.  W.  Parry,  Esq., 

298  Central  Ave . , 

Orange,  New  Jersey, 

Dear  Sir: 

Replying  to  your  letter  of  the  2lBt  Instant  Hr. 

Edison  directs  me  to  write  you  that  he  will  suhsoribe  for  one  o: 
the  Band  Concerts  to  be  given  in  the  Public  parkB  in  Orange 
this  summer. 

Yours  very  truly, 



n  si 


July  let  10. 

M»  R.  Hutchison,  Eaq. , 

50  Church  Street, 

Kev;  York  City. 

Dear  Sir: 

Replying  to  your  letter  of  the  30th  ult.  Mr.  Edison 
directs  me  to  write  you  thut  he  would  like  you  to  come  over  to 
the  Laboratory  and  talk  over  thq  subject  of  submarines o  Would 
advise  you  to  coll  up  on  the  telephone  on  the  day  you  propose 
catting,  to  make  sure  that  he  is  here.  Phone  Ho„  907  Orange. 


Yours  very  truly, 


American  Smelting  &  Refining  Go., 

Kr.  lotto  Clendanin,  X gr.  Copper  Sales, 

165  Broadway,  ^ew  Yolk. 

Bear  Sir:  '  . 

Youvs  of  too  28th  ■'•«“«*  the  ppodnotion 

or  s.i..i»,  «*  **  — •  °f  y°"r  rt;;;::: 

X  .  oYoao.*  to  !«.  »ot  yo«  0««Y  «•  Bon.  into  -W- 

„  u— U.  *  w  «*"  -*  “  V*'°Z’ 

*hat  the  powitoillty  is  that  if  a  new  uae  is  found  and  a 
market  worked,  that  the  price  could  be  Tory  much  lowers  , 
would  bo  on  the  lockout  for  UDeJU 

lt  „  «,!«.  to  »p.n»  ~n.y  — *  «»  «“  * 

at  .  ,tohihit»o  Pfic.  At  proBent  I  hat.  a  U*.  ** 

>» . «.  «.«. * . — **  *  - 

price  that  1  could  use  it. 

Yours  Y-ofy  truly, 

V.  J.  Hammer,  Eaq., 

153  Vest  46th  St., 

Hew  York  City, 

Dear  Sir: 

Your  a  of  the  30th  ult.  regarding  a  remedy  for 
"Uric  Acid"  received.  Mr.  Ediaon  directa  me  to  write  you 
that  Dr.  Peteraon  of  Hew  York  City  haa  uaed  the  material 
considerably;  It  d...  not  our.  but  r.ll.v.«  tb.  p.m.  W. 

«,  unable  to  giro  you  th.  addr...  of  Dr.  but  b.  t. 
tb.  gentleman  who,  drug  with  Dr.  K.nn.Uy,  o.uduotlng  tb. 
experiment  .t  tb.  laboratory  «  .l.otr.outlng  W  ' 

.l.ctrloity  for  th.  State  .f  H-  »•*.  t0  tMlr 

the  electric  chair. 

Regarding  «r.  ».V.  »•  "“1S  *“* 

t.  ..y  t.  hi,  that'  3u.t  now  h«  ha.  no  c...  -»  -  — 

any’ data. 

Your a  Tory  truly, 

:  Ji-  6-  'sI-./Jm 

,-!■  Secretary 



July  5th  10. 

Vr.ii**  'Xvivesttn#  Ce«, 

:;>;ciia,n^o  J?A*oe » 

Sfew  York  Oity. 

G«ntl«nen:  .  „ 

I  l,*r»  you  oontoTOl.t.  th.  oroctlon  of  .  l.-S- 

CfU^O*  Pl«»>  *=f“’  “  ““  °‘1“'“t"  ^  “I 

s„.,  I  ««W  ««••*  «“*  ^  “"a  ‘  ‘  , 

a,  aifforont  pl«t.  «Wtn*  ***»■“«  ‘  °  ’ 

Actual  working  results  is 
Agents"  talk. 

*  eaf«r  guide  than 

Yours  very  truly. 


July  9th  10. 

Mr.  John  W.  Gochor, 

Chief  Engineer, 

Cambria  Steel  Co., 

Johnstown,  Penna. 

Dear  Sir: 

Your  letter  of  the  5th  instant  'regarding  the 
concrete  house  received  Mr.  Edison  'directs  me  to 
write  you  that  the  moulds  for  the  first  house  are 
sixty  per-cent  finished,  and  it  vrill  he 'home  time  before 
the  moulds  are  entirely  finished*  it  is  blow  work. 

If  you  will  tend  oa  a  man  to  investigate, 

Mr.  Edison  thinks  he  can  give  the  data,  whereby  you  can  go 
ahead  -without  wafting  for  "the  more  elabor at eA  which  he 
is  carrying  out. 

1  enclose  herewith  a  leaflet  descriptive  of  the 


’  MM&-. 


Yours  very  truly, 


July  9,  1910 

The  General  Electric  Co-, 

#30  Church  St., 

Hew  Yoj-h  city- 

Dear  31rs: - 

Please  send  bulletin  of  Electric  Driven  Air  Compressors  that 
are  used  on  Electric  Cars.  We  want  outline  over  all  dimensions  of  space 
required,  also  the  following 

Dimensions  of  Contactor  Boxes,  Rheostats,  Circuit  Breakers  and 
Reversing  Boxes,  that  are  used  for  Electric  Cars. 

Yours  very  truly, 

HZ?  Secretary 


Daniel  Hogan,  Esq., 

Danville,  Illinois. 

My  dear  Hogan: 

Your  esteemed  favor  of  the  5th  instant 
received*.  The  battery  is  all  right,  they  are  going 
into  family  electrics  at  a  great  rate. 

I  am  testing  out  two  makes  by  daily  tuhb 
of  from  85  to  110  miles  on  the  macadam  and  dirt  roads,  level 
and  in  the  mountains.  Both  vehicles,  on  what  is  -nailed 
the  long  Charge  do  144  miles  on  one  charge  on  fair  aaeafcan 
and  112  miles  on  ordinary  or  rated  charge.  But  this  mileage 
is  made  by  experts,  who  get  every  mile  possible  cut  of  the 
battery.  116  miles  on  long  and  90  miles  £>n  a  short  charge 
can  be  made  by  anybody,  Ihese  experiments-  prove  that  with 
these  broughams,  two  persons  can  go  cut  in  the  country 
all  day  and  return  with  plenty  of  mileage  left. 

The  only  family  electrics  that  have  changed 
their  iaotors  and  adopted  proper  receptacles  for  the  new 
MW  ar.  th.  tw.  »f  th.  »«*!».«  <***  1  “ 

...  Other  builder,  uiil  wto  ** 


July  9  th.  10. 

My  dear  Insuli: 

This  will  introduce  to  you,  Mr.  JOHN  M, 
LANSDEN,  who  has  charge  of  tha  Lansden  Elactrie  WagOn 
Co.,  in  which  I  am  interested.  Any  information  you  can 

gire  him  will  he  appreciated  hy 

Yours  very  trulyf” 

To  Samuel  Insuli,  Esq.,  Pres., 

Commonwealth  Edison  Company, 

Chicago,  Ill. 

July  11th  10. 


How  often  do  you  giTe  a  long  charge  to  the  Car 

(Signed)  Edison. 

To  R.  H.  Beach,  Esq. , 

50  Church  Street, 

New  York  City. 

Orig.  dent  to  Beach  y.p.  l.p.  Hr.  E's  h.w.  f/ll/lQ/. 

July  12th  10. 

General  Electric  Co., 

Railway  Department, 

30  Church  Street, 

Mew  York  City. 


Yeur  letter  of  July  1st  receired.  Could 
not  the  Erie  schedule  he  made'hy  using  two  smaller 
cars  and  eight  motors? 

Yours  Yery  t ruly. 

July  15  tk  10. 

D.  E.  Sickles ,  Esq. , 

23  Fifth  Avenue, 

New  York  City. 

Near  Sir: 

Enclosed  herewith  find  postal  card  with  Mr. 
Edison* s  photograph  thereon,  for  Mr.  Carlo  Wedekind, 
which  has  been  autographed  as  requested  in  your  letter  of 
the  12th  instant. 

Yours  very  truly, 

§.a.Wiota~.  - 

Assistant  Secretary. 

J,  C.  Davidson,  Esq. 

Wharton,  Texas. 

Dear  Sir: 

Yours  of  the  7th  instant  regarding  deafness 
received.  Mr.  Edison  directs  me  to  write  you  that  he 
only  hears  through  the  skull  himself.  As  soon  ao  he 
finds  time,  he  intends  to  do  a  little  work  in  the  line 
of  dovlsing  an  instrument  to  aid  the  hearing. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Assistant  Secretary. 


/  c  h 

:H, 1 

July  16th  10. 

Phene  Trader  Printing  &  Pub.  Co.  Ltd., 

Mr.  Arthur  S.  Dunlop,  Editor, 

1  'Whitfield  St.,  Pinsburg,  London,  o.o.  England. 

Dear  Sir: 

Your  letter  of  the  7th  instant  received. 

Mr.  Edison  directs  me  to  write  you  that  if  he  remembers 
right  one  of  his  assistants  took  a- record  ef  King  Edward, 
Lord  Kelvin,  Gladstone  and  alBo  Bismarck.  These  records 
were  in  his  possesion  for  many  years.  Some  three  years  ago 
he  was  killed  on  a  railway  and  Mr.  Edison  has  never  been 
able  to  locate  the  records,  which  is  a  great  pity,  as  we 
could  now,  by  making  masters,  pro  serve  them  for  all  time. 

Yours  very  truly,  “ 



*«ljr  l«th  15. 

dear  Mr.  Hanrahani 

^Qiis  "'ill  introduce  ta  y#u  Ilf, 
Bmil  Harter,  my  Mranghteman.  He  wante  ta  yet  In, 
y«r  Engineering  Wi*.  a^  Mue-prini.  *f  care, 
cenvanlent  please  lean  them  t*  Mm. 

V*  *ra  J»«l  at  werE  an  the  Xe^a. 

Bespectfully  yanre^-  '*> 

Ta  H.  J.  Hanrahan,  'Hs^. , 

Aeaiatant  ta  the  Breeifiant , 

*ria  HailraasS  Cen^any, 

Sndaan  Terminal  Bldg., 

Hew  Yari  City. 

July  20th  10, 

Mr.  C.  K.  Eeetor, 

306  -Qhreve  Building, 

San  Francisco,  Cal. 

My  dear  Con: 

Your  lettor  of  the  2nd  instant  received  with 
much  pleasure.  -  I  showed  it  to  Mr.  Edison  and  he  forwarded 
it  to  Beach  and  Bee,  with  some  complimentary  notations  on 
the  hustling  abilities  of  yourself. 

I  trust  your  success  with  the  batteries  will 
exceed  your  moBt  sanguine  hopes,  for  you  have  a  good 
article  to  sell  and  it  is  certainly  "making  good"  in  the 
East.  We  are  selling  a  great  many  sparking  Bets  for 

I  hope  your  little  girl  has  entirely  recovered 
from  the  measles  and  is  able  to  enjoy  the  numerous  dolls 
her  papa  brought  from  his  travels. 

We  have  had  some  exceedingly  hot  weather  since 
you  left  and  you  can  consider  yourself  lucky  in  e.caping  it 
The  mosquitos  also  have  been  very  numerous  and  frisky. 

With  best  wishes  to  yourself  and  family, 

Your  letter  of  the  22nd  ultimo  received. 

1  do  not  intend  to  make  l/8  tubes  for  anything  except 
railway  and  submarines.  The  l/d  tube  is  perfectly 
satisfactory  for  autos  and  trucks,  and  are  cheaper 
to  make  than  the  l/8.  I  will  send  you  the  changes  for 
making  the  l/8  tube  as  soon  as  I  get  them;  so  far  hare 
only  made  a  few  by  hand  for  testing  purposes. 

We  are  replacing  Lead  batteries  that 
cost  $175.00  in  pleasure  autos  with  ours,  costing 
$540.00,  and  everybody  is  satisfied.  The  two  manufacturers 
who  are  featuring  our  battery  are  doing  as  much  business 
as  all  the  others  using  lead. 

Have  just  got  an  order  for  a  new  use 
for  the  battery.  On  private  yachts,  they  object  to  the 
sound  of  the  dynamo  when  laying  in  harbors  at  nights; 
say  it  disturbs  sleep  and  want  battery  to  replace 

dynamo . 

I  enclose  some  talking  points  used  by 
our  salesmen  to  meet  the  talking  »oi»t  lies  of  oUr 
oojiipstit also  latest  curve  at  lift*. 


With  kindest  regards  to  yourself  and  family 

Youtb  very  truly^.. 

So  Bergmann,  Eaq. , 

23  Oudeaarder  Str. , 

Berlin,  W.  Germany. 




Dear  SirB 

The  meeting  iB  to  put  my  indebtedness  into 
aome  form  ,  either  long  term  notes  or*  stock.  Weare  getting  our 
salOB  department  pretty  well  organized.  We  have  about  $  60,000. 
worth  of  buianeea  on  order.  Sales  about  ^ISOO.^JIBOO. daily 
Hare  $80 ,OOO.worth  of  oella  on  handand  fthink  in  a  abort 
time  our  sales  will  reach  $$3000.  daily.  Itwillnot 
be  until  next  year  that  we  will  do  a  large  buianess  as  only 
two  out  of  thf  nine  maker q  happened  to  have  their  cars 
built  to  take  our  batteries.  Next  year  all  will  built  to 
use  them.  Robb  can  always  keep  you  fully  informed  and  he 
uan  get  any  information  you  wantat  any  time, 
lashed  Hr  Shelmerdine  some  time  ago  which  he  woukd  preferl 
do— Takelong  term  notes  or  stock  at  pa S  fO*  money  advanced. 
Hesaid  he  would  prefor  that  I  take  storfc.  Please  see  him  4 
and  tell  Hr  Brown  which  you  prefer,  Iwill  do  either  ae  suits. 

July  25th  10 

My  dear  General: 

Your  letter  of  the  19th  Instant 
received.  Under  separate  cover  I  am  sending  you  the 
large  photograph  with  the  autograph  thereon. 

I  could  not  very  well  add  that  the 
gentleman  is  the  inventor  of  the  Gas  Turbine,  without 
I  knew  it  from  my  own  knowledge;  which  I  do  not. 

With  kin  regards,  I  am, 

Yours  very  truly, 

To  Gen.  D.  E.  Sickles, 

23  Fifth  Avenue, 

New  York  City. 


Mario  Josephine  Pringle, 

6  Hanover  street, 

Scranton,  Penna, 

Yours  of  the  18th  instant  regarding  the  auto¬ 
matic  grocery  store  received^  Mr.  Edison  directs  me  to 
write  you  that  this  is  only  an  experiment  to  sell  the 
necessities  of  life  to  the  very  poor  at  wholesale  prices. 
He  is  so  very  busy  that  he  had  hot  the  time  to  finish 

YourB  vaxy  truly. 

4  Utility 


July  26th  10. 

E.  S.  Maguire,  Esq., 

Lonsdale,  Rhode  Island. 

Dear  Sir: 

Replying  to  your  letter  of  the  23rd  instant 
Mr.  Edison  directs  me  to  write  you  that  he  has  no 
position  vrhich  he  can  offer  you  at  the  present  time. 

Yours  very  truly, 

.  Secretary. 

Estate  of  L.  J.  McCormick, 

Dear  Sira: 

411-  145  "^La  Salle  Street, 

Shioago,  Illinois. 

Replying  to  your  letter  of  the  20th  instant  Ur". 
Edison  directs  me  to  write  you  that  he  has  known  Mr. 

W.  V.  Uheatlay  for  a  number  of  years  as  manager  of 
street  railways*  He  intends  to  go  into  the  selling 
of  Electric  Street  Cars,  Trucks  etc.  Mr.  Edison 
thinks  he  has  a  moderate  amount  of  capital;  he  is  Bpoken 
well  of. 

Yours  very  truly. 


•M  .0 

•worn £ 
t.  Jbitoe 

oil  as 


August  Ss?a  10. 

K.  H.  Beach,  Esq.  , 

50  Church  Street, 

New  York  City. 

Dear  Sir: 

Enclosed  herewith  find  letter  from  Mr.  Bobert 
A.  Laurin,  San  Erancioco ,  Cal.  regarding  the  storage 
battery  car,  with  Mr.  Edison's  notation  thereon,  as  follows: 
"Please  answer  these  questions  direct  and  send  me  a  copy.. 

Say  that  the  Mayor  referred  the  letter  to  me  and  I  referred 
it  to  you.  Don't  delay  in  answering." 

Also  letter  from  Minehan  &  Son,  and  one  from  S.,  Jickell , 
New  Zealand  regarding  the  car,  which  please  return  to  this 
office  after  they  have  been  answered  by  you,  for  our  files. 

Also  newspaper  clipping  from  Florida,  with  Mr. 

"  Beach  !  Qo  for  it."—  thereon. 

Secretary. ' 

Edison's  notation--1 

Yours  very  truly, 

August  3rd  10. 

I  brjaloH 







sralif  alri 

M.  H.  Hutchison,  Esq., 

50  Church  Street, 

Hew  York  City. 

Dear  Sirj 

Enclosed  herewith  find  newspaper  clipping 
regarding  the  submarine  Cuttlefish,  with  Mr.  Edison's 
notation  thereon,  as  follows: 

"Why  did  the  batteries  run  out? 

Kindly  give  the  same  the  attention  you  deem 
necessary  and  oblige, 

Yours  very  truly 

na8  .a  .tt 

[OBibS  .fM 


aniicT  bits 



August  5th  10. 


Charles  1.  Lohmeyer  lias  been 
employed  by  me  as  an  expert  tool-maker  for  one  year 
and  a  half .  He  leaves  of  bis  own  accord.  He  is  a 
first  class  workman  and  I 

Have  found  him  to  be 

Aug.  5th  10. 

I  .0  .iM 


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ijta  afloa 


isH  ,iM  isa(I 

*  odi  I® 

)81  doidw 

!■?  iio  aosxsao 

Eriond  Schelmordine: 

A  1)12  cement  manufacturer  Btarted  out 
with  a  gun  to  kill  something.  He  brought  down  fire 
humming  birds.  Then  the  breach  block  of  his  gun  Blew 
out  and  nearlly  killed  him. 

let  me  see;  did'nt  somebody  about  eight 
months  ago  put  out  reports  that  the  E.  H.  C.  Co.  was 
going  to  bust.  The  above  gun  man  thought  prAbably  that 
would  be  a  better  way  to  bring  down  the  game  than 



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Aug.  12,  1910 

Mr.  'Ihos.  E.  Murray,  Pres., 

Association  of  Edison  Illuminating  Cos., 

#55  Duane  St.,  Hew  York. 

Dear  Sir:_ 

Mr.  Edison  advised  you  last  May  that  he  would  have  a  paper 
prepared  on  the  new  Edison  hattory  for  presentation  at  the  convention 
of  your-  Association,  September  6  -  9,  1910.  According  to  his  wishes, 
I  have  written  such  a  paper  and  send  you  complete  copy  of  same  here¬ 

Mr.  Edison  desired  that  I  should  have  this  paper  copyrighted; 
so  will  you  kindly  have  a  note  made  of  such  copyright  on  all  copies, 
in  compliance  with  the  copyright  law. 

Would  it  be  possible  for  your  photographer  to  make  lantern 
slides  fat  our  expense  of  oourse)  of  the  curves  ana  illustrations? 

If  not,  could  you  return  the  originals  to  us  in  time  to  have  this  aone? 

I  think  it  would  add  greatly  to  the  interest  of  the  paper.  In  any  case, 
we  should  like  to  have  the  originals  returned  when  you  have  finished 
with  them. 

ifo  doubt  you  have  heard  from  Hr.  Edison  that  he  is  planning 
to  attend  the  convention  at  the  Thousand  Islands.  I  shall  be  there -also, 
and  am  looking  forward  to  the  privilege  of  meeting  you. 

Very  truly  yours. 



Aug.  15th.  1910 

P.V.DeGraw  Esq. , 

4th.  ass't.  Postmaster  General, 

Washington  D.C. 

My  dear  DeGraw: 

Is  there  any  government  publication  giving  statistics  of 
Hural  delivery  of  mail .routes  and  number  of  deliveries  etc., 
if  so,  I  would  very  much  like 

a  copy. 

n  AY  onus 

tear  Sir : 

Kov;  York  City. 

Jr  answer 

Ixpsrimontor,  v/hioh  you  a 
technical  World  wigan.ino . 
raiOi,  and  return  nt  the 
d  to  i.»  'ey  his  brother  ,  was.  taken  tho  Eumrao 
n  October  2nd,  1904. 

to  yours  of  tho  IGtb  inat.,  I  am  send! 
photograph  of  sir.  2^£§/the  x-Rny 
Loairo  to  use  with  your  article  in  the 
Kindly  tato  good  cnr9  of  this  photo- 
oerliost  possible  moment,  as  it  v/as  los 
and  is  tho  only  one  he  has.  she  photc 
-  before  ho  died;  his  death  ocourring 

Yours  very  truly. 

Secretary.  / 

My  Dea;>  Coffin: 

Til°  ”111  ‘•trMuo.  to  you  Col.  Bailey .uUobb  <,ar  j  „ 
Ho,  t,„tlw  and  pul.lltf.lns  a,,  roumt.  in  the  dally  w„„ 

Youra  r«ry  truly, 


THin  letter  was  written  and  given  to  Mi¬ 
lo  C 80^. f 

Aug.  19,  1910 

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101*.  iol 

i Ur.  E.  li.  Johnson, 

Union  League  Club , 

Lew  iork  City. 

Lear  Sir:- 

Replying  to  your  letter  of  the  lath 
inst. ,  Vs.  Edison  directs  ir.e  to  .’.rite  you  to  cone 
up  to  the  meeting  of  the  Edison' Elec tr ic  Illuminat¬ 
ing  Companies  at  the  Hotel  Fontanao ,  Thousand  Islands, 

Y.  which  takes  place  beptember  6th  to  9th  and  he 
d-L1<r^  JUju^v 

VTill  talk  the  cubjectAover  with  you. 

lours  very  truly, 

Jf-  tf.  i 


August  33rd  10. 


Mr.  Arthur  B.  Kempel  has  been 

employed  for  the  past  year  in  charge  of 


department.  He  left  of  his  own  accord, 

I  .hare 

found  him  energetic,  intelligent  and  reliable 

Yours  very  truly..,- 


August  2  6, WO 

Mar  Admiral  Hutch  I -Cone,  U.S.H., 

Chief  Department  Steam  Engineering* 

Waahington,  D.C* 


1.  Confirming  coriversation  had  frith  you  hy  Hr.  Hutch¬ 
ison  yeBterday: 

2.  It  -will  give  me  great  pleasure  to  personally 
explain  every  detail  of  my  battery  and  extend  every  facil¬ 
ity  for  your  Deaprtment  to  investigate  same- 

3.  I  respectfully  suggest  that  a  competent  man  be 
detailed  to  visit  my  Laboratory  and  the  Factory  of  the 
Edison  Storage  Battery  Co.,  vrhere  the  battery  can  be 
shown  and  explained  in  each  part  of  the  process  of  manufac¬ 
ture.  It  will  possibly  take  two  or  three  days  for  him  to 
absorb  the  entire  lot  of  information,  and  I  suggest  that 
if  you  see  fit  to  so  detail  a  man,  he  be  given  ample  time 
to  spend  with  ub. 

4.  Mr.  Eut;:i'  - tv  suggests  that  Hr.  Avery  seems  to 
1,  pretty  «U  elreuV,  *»t  ef  c=»ree  ..  "in 
welcome  anyone  the.  you  may  »o 



C.  E.  Hermann,  Esq., 

Moos q  Mountain,  Ltd., 

1X1  Broadwajr,  Hew  York. 

Dear  Sir: 

Your  letter  of  the  23rd  inBtant  also  the 
•ample.  or  ore  received.  Hr.  HI—  direct.  »  to 
you  that  h.  crushed  one  of  the  finest  groin  pieces 
.hd  finds  that  you  -ill  have  to  cruet,  100  »*  fin.  to 
free  the  iron  from  enough  elites  to  ~he  n  good,  high  ore,  and  even  then  there  .ill  he  e»e«gh  ■*““ 
t0  for.  the  very  fueltle  1—  -^oat.  «ece..ory  to 
hrlguette  W  .entering.  100  — >  "til  he  very  easy 

to  concentrate  and  not  eo.tly  to  crush. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Assistant  Secretary. 



The  North  American, 

Bo  K.  Leich,  Esq. , 

Philadelphia,  Pa. 

Dear  Sir: 

Your  letter  of  the  22nd  inBtant  received. 
Regarding  the  vehicle  scheme  would  say  that  I  may 
move  the  testers  to  Philadelphia  and  do  some 
advertising.  Started  two  machines  Tuesday  for  a 
short  touring  stunt;  they  go  in  opposite  directions 
over  the  same  routa-to  wit,  New  York  to  Atlantic 
City,  thence  to  Philadelphia,  to  Delaware  Water  Gap 
to  Port,  Jervis,  to  Goshen  and  thence  to  New  York. 

Letterbook,  LB-084 

This  letterbook  covers  the  period  August-December  1910.  Most  of  the 
correspondence  is  by  Edison,  Harry  F.  Miller,  George  A.  Meister,  and  Ademor 
N.  Petit.  Manyofthe  letters  pertain  to  Edison’s  accounts  with  the  Edison  Portland 
Cement  Co.  and  J.P.  Morgan  &  Co.;  cement  construction  projects;  and  ongoing 
progress  in  the  manufacture  of  molds  and  patterns  for  use  in  the  construction  of 
Edison’s  concrete  house.  There  is  also  correspondence  regarding  the 
production  of  Edison’s  improved  alkaline  storage  battery  and  its  use  in 
automobiles,  trucks,  electric  railway  vehicles,  and  submarines.  A  letterto  investor 
Arthur  I.  Clymer  mentions  Edison’s  $1.9  million  cash  payment  for  stock  in  the 
Edison  Storage  Battery  Co.  Among  the  items  relating  to  personal  and  family 
matters  are  letters  involving  Edison’s  membership  in  clubs  and  societies;  his 
orders  from  Brentano’s  bookstore  in  New  York  City;  his  recollection  of  a 
phonograph  recording  of  Count  Leo  Tolstoy;  and  his  charitable  donations, 
including  his  contributions  to  an  anti-cigarette  movement  and  a  Christmas  fund 
for  the  destitute.  Also  included  are  several  items  concerning  Edison’s  opinions 
on  immortality,  spiritualism,  and  organized  religion. 

The  label  on  the  front  cover  contains  the  following  notation:  "-1 91 0-  TAE 
Letters  From  Aug  29th  To  Dec  15th  1910."  There  is  an  inscription  on  the  spine 
with  similar  information.  The  book  contains  701  numbered  pages  and  an  index. 
Approximately  10  percent  of  the  book  has  been  selected. 


*ng.  29th  10 

Henry  C.  Demming,  Esq. , 

17  Worth  Third  St.,. 

Harrisburg,  Penna. 

Dear  Sir: 

Your  letter  of  the  27th  instant  at  hand. 

Regarding  the  house,  Hr.  Edison  directs  me  to  write 
you  that  the  iron  Moulds  are  about  65  per-cent  finished 
and  the  patterns  80  per-cent  completed.  He  will  let 
you  know  when  the  first  house  is  built. 

He  says  "Yes!  Harpers  are  going  to  publish 
a  let  of  auah . w 

Yours  very  truly. 

Secretary.  / 

The  Electric  Journal, 

Mr.  A.  H,  Mclntire-Editor, 

Pittsburgh,  Jenna, 

Dear  Sir: 

Your  letter  of  the  28th  ultimo  also  letter 
*hich  you  enclosed  from  Mr.  E.  E.  G.  Roberts,  received. 
Ohm's  law  was  wrongly  interpreted  in  the  «rjy  days. 
Siemens,  Gramme  and  others  built  dynamos  in  which. the 
external  resistance  and  resistence  of  dynamoi  were 
sought  to  be  the  same ,  just  as  the  maximum  output  of  a 
battery  waB  the  greatest  when  the  internal  and  external 
resistence  was  the  Bame.  This  absurd  :praetioe  was 
defended  by  one  well  krtown  electrician  as  late  as 
1S80,  in  the  Scientific  American,  and  he  states  ifcut 
ay  statement  that  I  got  90  per-cent  of  the  Energy  in  the 
external  circuit  was  absurd  and  contrary  ti>  Ohm's  law. 




August  31st  10 

Holland  Torpedo  Boat  Co., 

Quincy,  Mass. 


I  have  been  awaiting  the  return  of 
our  Mr.  Dyer  before  answering  your  letter  of 
August  18th.  I  now  find  that  he  will  not 
return  to  Orange  before  the  10th  of  September, 
when  I  will  take  up  the  matter  and  answer. 

Yours  very  trj, 

Telegram  received  August  Slat  1310.  by  W.U. 

Thos.  A.  Edison,  Orange,  H.  J. 

Baker  oar  with  40  cells  A-6  s*ade  world’s 
record  on  single  charge  201  6/iO  miles  12  3/4 
miles  per  hour  On  average  streets  and  roads 
Weather  unfavorable. 


Baker  lldtor  Vehicle  Co. 

our  answer  sent  August  31st  lo/ 
Baker  Motor  Vehicle  Co.,  Cleveland,  Ohio. 

You  must  have  something  extra  good  to 
make  that  mileage. 



sent  5.45  P.M.  8/31  /XO. 

S.  Whinery,  Esq., 

Now  York  City. 

Replying  to  your  latter  of  the  lot 

instant  Mr.  EdiBon  directs 

(  to  write  you  that 

he  has  a  section  of  road  with  one  part  cement 
two  partB  Band  and  five  parts  trap-rock  (3/8 
screen  size)  and  with  three  and  one  half  tons 
on  two  wheels ;  running  continuously  over  it  in 

one  spot.  It  shows  that  it  < 

i  he  used  in  streets 

with  the  heaviest  traffic.  Mr.  Edison  also  hai 
sections  with  z/b  quartz,  also  3/8  flint,  hut  ; 
not.  going  into  the  scheme  commercially. 

Yours  very  truly  4 

Assistant  Secretary. 


Anderson  ^  Price*. 

The  Mt.  Washington 

Bretton  Woods  N.H. 

Anderson  is  authorized  t«0  arrange 
for  re-charging  hatteries. 

Signed  Thos.  A.  Edison. 

•  43 

/  • 

>  v*> 

Sept.  7th  10. 

luoy  Pago  Gaston, 

care  Hotel  Martha  Washington, 

29  East  29th  Street,  Mew  York. 

Dear  Madam: 

Your  letter  tff  the  4th  instant  regi  rding 
financial  assistance  to  the  Anti-Cigarette  movement, 
received.  In  reply  would  say  that  a  check  was  mailed 
to  the  branch  at  Chicago,  Illinois. 

Yours  very  truly, 



Sept.  12th  10. 

W.  A.  French,  Rsq. , 

383  Boylston  St., 

Boston,  Mass. 

Bear  Sir: 

Your  letter  of  the  2nd  instant 
received,  Mr.  Edison  directs  me  to  write  you  that 
he  is  not  acquainted  with  Mr.  Haines. 

The  present  Kinetophone  has  heen  in 
experimental  work  in  this  Laboratory  for  eleven 
years  and  while  surprisingly  perfect,  is  not 
quite  perfect  enough  to  bring  out  Grand  Opera  yet. 

Yours  very  truly, 

1  s'/.,’.  V'.-.'Ly 

Secretary.  ' 



8 apt .  14th  10. 

N.  H.  Packard,  Esq., 

Springville,  Utah. 

Dear  Sir: 

Replying  to  your  letter  of  the  23rd  ult. 

Mr.  Edison  directs  me  to  write  you  that  he  iB  not 
ready  yet  to  purchase  ore,  but  may  be  in  a  short 
time .  The  ore  would  have  to  be  roughly  concentrated 
to  15  percent  or  more  to  bear  shipping. 

The  analysis  of  the  sample  you  sent  is 
as  follows: 

The  total  amount  of  mineral (about  60g) 
was  pulverized  to  a  fine  pov/der  and  an  average 
sample  was  analyzed.  The  mineral  contained  7.76^ 
Bismuth,  in  combination  with  sulphur  and  is  therefor* 
Bismuth  Glance.  According  to  the  above  amount  of 
Bismuth  the  mineral  contains  9.55^  Bismuth  Glance. 

YeurB  very  truly, 


Sept.  14th 

R.  H.  Beach,  Esq.  , 

50  Church  Street , 

New  York  City. 

Bear  Sir: 

Enclosed  herewith  find  letter  from  Mr. 
Kndrew  Clark,  23  Wall  Street,  New  York,  regarding 
the  Edison-Beach  electric  car,  and  Mr.  Edieon's 
notation  inscribed  thereon,  as  follows: 

"Beach!  Answer  him  or  see  him. — Edison" 

Yours  very  truly. 



My  dear  Withey: 

Sept.  16th  ID. 

E.  S„  McKeever,  Esq.  , 

121  Chestnut  Street, 

Philadelphia,  Penna. 

Dear  Sir: 

Your  letter,  of  the  13th  instant  regarding 
the  perfection  of  an  instrument  for  the  relief 
of  the  deaf,  received'  Mr.  Edison  directs  me  to 
write  you  that  he  thinks  he  may  do  something  in 
the  line  you  speak  of  if  he  gets  much  deafer. 

Yours  veiy  truly, 



Your  favor  of  the  16th  Inst,  has  been  received. 

I  accept  your  offer  to  settle  your  claim  in  full  for  $125. 
and  bee  to  enclose  cheeic  for  this  amount,  .kindly  actaiow- 
loage  receipt,  so  that  I  may  know  you  have  received  it. 

I  noto  vrhat  you  say  regarding  the  losses  you  have 
sustained  in  this  matter  and  if  it  vrerfe  not  for  the  fact 
that  I  have  alroady  lost  a  great  deal  of  money  in  this  en- 
'  terprisc  I  v/ould  be  glad  to  help  you  out,,  but  under  the  cir¬ 
cumstances  l  do  not  fool  that  I  can  do  so.  •  Perhaps  in  the 
future  I  may  have  occasion  to  call  upon  you  to  have  you  do 
some  work  for  me,  but  if  so  it  will  bo  on  the  basis  of  a 
Y/ritten  contract  mutually  satisfactory  to  both  of  us  so  that 
there  can  bo  no  misunderstanding  or  uncertainty.  What  you 
say  regarding  deposits  in  the  Arbuckle  Mountains  is  very 
interesting,  but  at  the  present  time  I  am  so  completely 
occupied  with  other  work  that  I  cannot  look  into  this  matter. 
However,  I  will  keep  this  matter  in  mind  in  case  of  future 

Yours  very  truly. 

Sept.  27th 

Henry  Lindenmeyr  &  Sons, 

32-36 31e acker  Street, 

Hew  York  City. 


Will  you  supply  us  with  two  (2)  rolls 
of  the  Ho.  17  "Hews"  in  continuous  strips  7  3/i 
inches  wide  and  two  (2)  rolls  4-7/16  Inches  wide. 

If  you  do  not  cut  paper  to  special 
sizes,  will  you  supply  us  with  one  roll  of  commercial 
dimensions,  hut  of  the  narrow  sheet,  say,  anywhere 
from  17  to  25  incheB. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Edison  laboratory, 

fctcU  JluXh^  n 

• -A  .(Uj  <jl  tv.  Pudbcb. 

’■ ,  *j  aspjytsg PTOJJSSW  i 

•  \r 
A  a  ^ 

Sejpt .  «?th  10. 

hew  York  Electrical  Society, 

Mr.  Fred 'k  A.  Schemer,  M.  f., 

29  W.  39th  Street,  Mew  York. 

Dear  Sir: 

Yours  of  the  22ud  Instant  regarding  the 
establishing  of  a  Life  Membership,  limiting  the 
number  of  such  members  to  one  hundred ,  to  celebrate 
the  Fortieth  Year  of  the  existence  of  the  Society, 
received^  *  Mr.  Edison  directs  me  to  write  you  that 
he  would  be  glad  to  have  you  jalace  his  name  in 
nomination  for  the  same. 

Thanking  you  tn  his  behalf,’  1  am, 

YoyrB  -very  truly. 



Sept.  29th.  10. 

Ribbon  &  Ticker  Paper  Co., 

Railroad  Ave.  A  Taylor  St., 

PatorBon,  New  Jersey. 


Your  favor  of  the  28th  instant  received. 

Por  the  present  we  require  only  small  lots  of 
paper,  such  as  we  may  select.  Those  would  "be  for 
test  purposes. 

Will  you  supply  us  with  six  12  inch  rolls, 

7  3/4  incites  wide,  and  six  12  inch  rolls  4  7/l6  inches 
widej  the  quality  of  the  paper  to  "be  the  same  as 
sample  enclosed  herewith? 

Mention  the  cost  for  this  lot  and  also  what 
would  he  the  approximate  price  for  same  in  large 
quantity,  say  50  ton  lots. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Edison  Laboratory 

per  ,  ■ /<': 

/  7 j  *  Oet.  lit  io, 

The  Mutual  Life  Xna.  Co., 

Now  York  City. 


Referring  to  policy  No,  564416,  j£r. 

Ediaon  dBBireB  to  make  his  children  beneficiaries 
under  it.  What  Bteps  are  necessary  to  take  to 
accomplish  this? 

Yours  very  triply. 


Oct.  3rd  10. 

Hudson  Maxim,  Esq. , 

Maxim  Park, 

Landing ,  New  J ersoy . 

Lear  Sir: 

We  have  never  received  the  hook  whioh 
v'ou  a  ay  you  sent  uo  under  date  of  letter  of  the 
1st  ultimo.  Kindly  have  a  tracer  sent  after 
the  same  and  oblige , 

Yours  very  truly, 




4'  r  4" 

October  4th 

Samuel  Tine,  Esq*, 

309  Broadway, 

Kew  York. 

«y  dear  Mr*  Sine: 

Your  letter  or  the  3ra  instant 
received.  You  know  the  subject  would  lead  to 
endless  argument  and  I  have  not  time,,  Just  now, 
to  go  into  it^  If  you  have  not  already  read 
■•Brain  and  Beraonality'1  by  Thompson,  you  better 
get  it.  You  will  be  delighted.  Tt  contains 

many  facts  experimentally  determined.  ^ _ 

Your  s  very'^ruly* 



6th  10. 

Mr*  Chafl.  A.  ELotz,  President 

United  States  Crushed  Stone  Co., 

Chicago,  Illinois. 

Dear  Sir: 

1  heg  to  confirm  telegraph  night  letter 
*“*  *°-day  ,0  Of  the  Commonwealth 

Eiloon  Co.,  Chicago,  1„  compliance  with  your  letter 
of  recent  date,  as  follows? 

Hr.  Samuel  Insull, 

Commonwealth  Edison  Co., 

Chicago,  Illinois. 

My  friend  Kl<ts  of  the  United  States  Crushed  Stone 
Co.  says  you  will  use  20000  cubic  yards  crushed  stone. 
If  you  can  favor  him  without  detriment  to  yourself 
I  would  be  pleased  to  have  you  do  so. 

(Signed)  Edison. 

Yours  very  truly, 

v  '  d  l/t/C-CiJtj , 




Oct.  10th  10. 

Vcof.  Bert  Reese, 

230  W.  99th  Street, 

Hew  York  City. 

Bear  Sir: 

Replying  to  your  letter  of  the  3rd 
instant  Mr.  Edison  directs  me  to  write  you  that 
he  will  he  glad  to  see  you  any  time.  He 
remembers  the  introduction  and  what  he  told  the 
reporter  was  that  the  results  were  so  strange  that 
he  thought  you  must  he  the  wandering  "Jew  of  the 

Yours  very  truly, 



Dear  Sir: 

Replying  to  yours  of  the  10th  instant  would  Bay 
that  the  space  required  for  exhibiting  the  model  house  is 
20  x  30  feet.  Mr.  Bachman  wants  to  know  if  there  are  any 
restrictions  as  to  height,  aa  Mr.  Kdison  wants  to  erect  a 
pole  36  feet  high,  to  represent  the  height  of  the  house. 
He  wants  to  erect  a  fence  to  keep  people  out  of  enclosure. 

Please  send  a  diagram  of  the  space  so  -that  Mr. 
Bachman  can  lay  out  the  exhibit,  alBO  please  Btate  whether 
the  space  is  on  a  corner  or  not. 

Yours  very  truly, 


Oct.  15th 

Chas.  K.  Harris,  Esq., 

Columbia  Theatre  Bldg .  , 

Broadway  and  47th  St . , 

New  York  City. 

My  dear  Sir: 

I  see  you  hare  an  electric  vehicle 
equipped  with  one  of  my  new  batteries.  I  know 
you  will  be  delighted  with  it  and  hope  it  will 
inspire  you  to  produce  more  of  your  beautiful 

Yours  very  truiyw 


15th  10. 

H.  Toyer,  EBq. , 

278  Sherbrooke  St., 

Vinnep eg ,  Canada. 

Dear  Sir: 

Your  letter  of  the  10th  inBtant  received. 

You  have  misunderstood  the  whole  article  because 
you  jumped  to  the  conclusion  that  it  denies  the 
existence  of  God.  There  is  no  such  denial.  Hfhat 
you  call  God  I  call  Nature,  the  supreme  intelligence 
that  rules  matter. 

All  the  article  states  is  that  it  is 
doubtful,  in  my  opinion,  if  our  intelligence  or 
soul,  or  whatever  one  may  call  it,  lives  hereafter 
as  an  entity  or  disperses  back  again  from  whence  it  came, 
i.  e.  scattered  amongst  the  cells  of  which  we  are  made. 


Oct.  19th  10. 

J.  C.  Re iff,  Esq. , 

20  Broad  Street, 

New  York  City. 

near  Sir: 

Yours  of  the  18th  instant  requesting 
information  regarding  the  storage  battery 
Electric  automobiles  received.  Mr.  Edison  directs 
me  to  write  you  that  he  will  have  Mr.  J.  M. 

I-ansdon,  Jr.,  who  built  the  ambulance  used  in  New 
York,  call  on  you. 

Your  s  ve  ry  truly , 

<5.00 - 

cx^o'+  Secretary. 



19th  10. 

J.  K.  Lansden,  Jr.,  Esq., 

54  Lackawanna  Avenue, 

Newark,  New  Jersey. 

Dear  Mr.  Lansden: 

Enclosed  herewith  find  letter  of 
the  18th  instant  received  this  day  from  Mr.  J.  C. 
He iff ,  New  York,  regarding  an  electric  automobile 
ambulance  for  use  at  the  J.  Hood  Wright  hospital. 

Kindly  acknowledge  receipt  of  this 
letter  ani  let  us  know  how  soon  you  will  be  over 
and  see  Mr.  Reiff  regarding  the  Bame. 

Yours  -b  ry  truly, 

<?.C - 



Tho  Review  of  Reviews, 

Investment  Bureau, 

13  Astor  Place, 

New  York  City, 

Dear  Sirs: 

Yours  of  the  18th  instant  received, 
Mr.  Edison  directs  me  to  write  you  that  Delaney 
once  worked  for  him.  He  thinks  he  is  in  the 
hands  of  the  usual  crooked  Wall  street  gang  of 
promoters,  because  of  his  necessities  for  momy. 
Kindly  treat  this  matter  confidential. 

Yours  very  truly. 




Oct.  20th  10. 

Mixon  and  Kannock, 

1,  Victoria  Street, 

London,  s.w.  England. 

Lear  Sirs: 

Replying  to  your  letter  of  the  3rd 
instant  Mr.  Edison  directs  me  to  write  you  that 
v/e  are  building  a  large  cell  for  submarines  to 
giTC  heavy  dischargee  and  charges  and  large 
radioes  of  action,  for  the  U.  S.  government. 
After  these  tests  are  made  we.vd.ll  ho  in  a 
position  to  give  you  the  data  and  talk  business. 

Yours  very  truly. 


Edison  Portland  Cement  Co., 

W.  S.  Mallory,  Esq.,  Free., 

Stewart eville ,  New  Jersey. 
Dear  Mr.  Mallory: 

Yours  of  the  20th  instant  enclosing 
letter  and  diagram  from  the  Cement  Products  Exhibition 
Co.  stating  that  the  most  suitable  space  available 
for  the  exhibition  of  Mr.  Edison's  model  cement  house 
is  bp  ace  No.  163,  received. 

In  reply  I  beg  to  state  that  Mr.  Edison 
says  that  this  space  is  not  at  all  satisfactory.  It 
is  in  a  most  undesirable  corner  in  the  rear  of  the 
building,  and  unless  he  can  exhibit  in  the  center  of 
the  hall,  in  a  space  about  20  x  30  feet,  he  doeB  not 
care  to  show  the  model  house  at  all.  It  is  too 
Interesting  to  be  shown  in  an  obscure  corner. 

Please  advise  them  and  oblige, 

Yours  -re  ry  truly, 


i  *  1/ 


Oct.  20th  10. 

My  dear  Insuli: 

This  will  introduce  to  you  Mr. 

W.  W.  fheatly,  who  is  an  old  hand  in  the  Electric 
Railroad  business.  He  iB  locating  in  Chicago 
to  try  and  sell  trucks,  Beach  cars  and  add  as 
many  suckling  electric  pigs  to  your  big  electric 
sow,  as  possible. 

Yours^rery  truly, 


Te  Samuel  Insull,  Esq.,  Pres., 

Commonwealth  Edison  Co., 

Chicago,  Illinois. 


A  /  -M 

uS  u  i 

5th  Ave .  &  27th  St . , 

Will  you  kindly  have  the  following  hooks 
sent  to  Mr.  ‘Edison's  summer  home  at  Port  Myers, 
Florida,  via  Pennsylvania  freight  and  forward 
the  hill  to  the  laboratory. 

Famous  Imposters  Bram  fatoker 

A  Voice  from  the  Congo  Herbert  "Ward 

Creative  Evolution  Henri  Bergson 

The  Meaning  of  Life  s*  Arthur  Cook 

Breeding  &  the  Hendelian  Discovery-A.  D.  Derbyshire 
Insects  and  Disease  B*  V.  Doane 

Business  Management 
The  Future  of  Trade  Unionism  & 
Capitalism  in  a  Democracy 
The  Marvels  Beyond  Science 
Modern  Criminal  Science  Series 
Lords  of  Industry 

J.  Christie  Duncan 

Chas.  V.  Eliot 
Joseph  Grasset 
^pns  Gross 
Henry  D.  L^oyd 


Brentano' b 

-2  - 

The  Physiology  of  Beproduction  A.  Marshall 

How  to  Keep  Pit  A.  T.  Schofield 

Reason  and  Belief  Sir  Oliver  lodge 

•  Hunting  With  the  Eskimos  "Harry  Whitney 

The  Cause  and  Cure  of  Colds  Dr.  Tta-  B.  Sadler. 

Be  sure  and  Bend  these  hooks  hy  freight 
to  Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison— Port  Myers— Plorida,  fcen'd 
the  hill  to  the  Laboratory  and  oblige. 

Yours  veTy  truly. 

V  'i.k 


Oct.  25th  10 

W.  G.  Anderson,  Eaj . ,  Pres., 

Anderson  Carriage  Company, 

Detroit,  Michigan. 

Dear  Sir: 

Your  letter  of  the  22nd  instait 
regarding  the  Rectifier  received.  Mr.  Edison 
directs  me  to  write  you  that  we  will  have  final 
model  finished  Saturday  and  if,  after  a  weeks 
running  it  is  0.  E.  will  rush  through  100  sets. 

Yours  very  truly. 



A.  I,  Clymer,  Eaq. , 

Van  Wert ,  Ohio. 

Dear  Sir: 

Your  letter  of  the  22nd  instant  regarding 
the  purchasing  of  some  of  the  stock  of  the  Edison 
Storage  Battery  Co.  received. 

Mr.  Edison  directs  me  to  write  you  that 
only  within  the  last  month  has  the  Battery  Company 
passed  from  losing  money  to  making  a  little. 

It  will  be  some  time  before  we  can  pay  dividends 
as  the  business  is  developing  very  rapidly  and 
profits  must  go  into  machinery.  Under  such 
circumstances  he  hesitates  to  sell  any  stock. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Secretary.  ' 

Oct.  31st  10, 

Xi\  \ 

My  dear  Brisbane: 

I  thank  you  for  yours  of  the 

24th  instant. 

My  cells  are  working  well  and 
the  Edison  aggregation  is  working  about  the 
same  gait  as  the  aggregation  known  as  Arthur 
Brisbane . 

Sincerely^yodrs , 

a  Su 

Arthur  Brisbane,  Esq., 

New  York  Evening • Journal, 

New  York  City. 

9  ?  /- 



Oct.  31ot  10. 

E.  H.  C  aril  art ,  Esq., 

Edison  Portlaid  Cement  Co., 

StewartBville,  Hew  Jersey. 

Dear  Ur.  Carhart: 

Regarding  the  enclosed  tax  bill  •• 
for  town  of  Stony  Point,  Hew  York,  I  would  call 
to  your  attention  the  increase  of  the  assessment 
on  the  property  from  $1900.00  last  year  to  $2300.00 
this  year. 

Also  the  acreage,  which  has  been 
reduced  from  197  to  195.  The  bill,  however,  is 
less  than  last  year  which  amount«<fto  $13.44. 

Will  you  kindly  investigate  thiB 
matter  and  oblige, 

Yours  very  truly,  , 

Jtf-  d  lA4si 





Nov.  3rd  10. 

H.  V/.  Johns-Manville  Co., 

100  William  Street, 

New  York  City. 


Replying  to  your  letter  of  the  28th 
ultimo  regarding  the  application  of  H.  C.  von  Reimer 
for  the  position  of  Travelling  Auditor,  I  would  say 
that  I  have  known  him  for  ten  years  or  so. 

At  one  time  he  worked  as  head  of  the 
Billing  Department  of. the  Edison  Companies  at 
Orange,  at  Tidiich  time  his  services  were  sati sf actoiy. 
This  was  about  five  or  six  years  ago.  Since  then 
X  understand  he  has  been  in  business  for  himself, 
as  an  Auditor,  with  some  success  I  believe. 

He  is  honest  and  trustv/orthy  and  would 
fill  the  position  satisfactorily,  I  should  think. 

Secretary.  ' 

Yours  very  truly, 

Hot.  5th  10 

M.  L.  P.  Du  Puy  do  Hartus, 
rue  I. epic  102, 

Paris,  Prance. 

Dear  Sir: 

Enclosed  herewith  find  draft  for  129.50 
Pranca ,  "being  Mr.  Edison's  subscription  to  the 
Coraite  Villiers  de  L'Isle-Adam  monument  fund. 

Kindly  acknowledge  receipt  and  oblige, 

Yours  very  truly. 


Novomber  4,1910. 

Mr.  Joo  Mitchell  Chappie, 

The  national  liagasino, 
Boston,  Mass. 

Tour  favor  of  the  28th  ult. ,  has  been 
received,  and  in  accordance  with  your  request  I 
send  you  the  following  message: 

To  the  many  readers  of  the  National 
Magazine ,  I  send  greetings  for  the  coming  holiday 
season.  The  opportunities  for  accomplishment  in 
the  field  of  invention  and  in  the  development  of 
tho  useful  arts  were  never  so  great  as  now;  and, 

I  firmly  believe  they  are  more  capable  of  realisa¬ 
tion  in  this  great  country  of  ours  than  anywhere 
else  in  the  world.  ’.Vo  should  regard  our  heritage 
as  American  citisens  as  tho  greatest  of  our  bless- 

Tours  very-truly. 

EaI  r-. 



A.  I.  Clymer,  Esq., 
Von  Wert,  Ohio. 

Replying  to  your  letter  of  the  5th 
instant  I  desire  to  thank  you  for  your  interest 
and  confidence  in  the  storage  battery.  _ 

In  accordance  with  your  request  I 
have  had  a  certificate  for  100  shares  of  Edison 
Storage  Battery  Co.  stock  issued  to  you  and  will 
deliver  it  to  the  Second  National  Bank,  Orange, 

New  Jersey,  on  receipt  by  them  of  a  New  York 
draft  for  Ten  thousand  ($10,000.00)  Dollars  from 

There  is  only  one  class  of  stock 
and  the  par  value  is  One  hundred  ($100.00)  Dollars 
per  share . 

44  i 

Hov.  14th  10. 

Brentano • s , 

5  th  Ave.  &  27th  St., 

Hew  York  City. 

Dear  Siro: 

Yours  of  the  lot  instant  received. 

Will  you  kindly  hold  the  Balance  of  the  books 
you  have  until  all  the  books  still  to  be  sent 
to  Florida  have  been  received,  making  a 
complete  shipment  of  the  3ame ,  as  Mr.  Edison 
does  not  expect  to  leave  until  January  1911. 

Kindly  add  to  this  list  the  book  on 
"Subconscious  Phenomena"  by  Hugo  Munsterberg 
and  others,  to  be  shipped  to  Florida. 

Regarding  the  publication  "Reason  and 
Belief"  by  Oliver  lodge,  Mr.  Edison  directs  me  to 
write  you  to  get  the  book  from  London  and  forward 
south  also. 

Yours  very  truly, 


Hot.  14th 

joa.  V.  Smithers ,  Esq-. 

129  Berkeley  Blaoe, 

Brooklyn,  New  York. 

Uy  dear  Sir  5 

Yours  of  the  9th  instant  received. 

As  far  as  my  observations  extend  I 
«  to  heller.  «*«  existence  of  a 
Bup„m8  intelligence,  and  that  ehil«  »“ 
mortal  through  propagation  of  the  specie.  -* 
not  interfered  with  to  a  catastrophe-  1  can't 
...  that  his  personality  is  1-ortal.  In  tie. 
of  th.  enormous  amonnt  of  energy 
in  matter  as  shown  to  radio.,  you  shonld  re-»rlt. 
your  little  hook  and  Wing  yo»r  theory  up  «*_ 

Very  truly>yo<i^®» 

.  j£«,aC- 


A.  I.  C1yraer,  Esq. , 

Van  Wei*t ,  Ohio . 

My  do*,.  rs 

Hep  lying  to  your  letter  of  the  11th 
instunt  *rouZd  say  that  the  Philadelphia  people 
are  g9*ti-ng  this  battery  out  to  used  to  disturb 
our  tra(j 0 .  It  has  nearly  a11  the  defect  inherent 
in  a  lep/}  Battery  and  v/as  introduced  and  tried 
out  ago  in  Prance.  Philadelphia  company 

"bouglq  »vje  ^patents  fr0B  tp.e  French  company  who 
failoj  to  nia^«  it  a  success. 

Sincerely  yours , 

.^LolliCU?  CX  - - - 


Mov.  16th  l5©* 

yi.  I >.  Eckert, -Es a. , 

Orange,  Hew  Jersey. 

Dear  Sir; 

Will  you  kindly  have  requisitions  issued 
for  the  following; 

Making  Sraphiting  Machine  for  Graphlting  Records. 
Dry 'Battery  Experiment  hy  Holland. 

Mr.  Edison  ordered  this  experimental  work 
to  be  done  and  said  they  were  to  be  charged  to 
the  national  and  Manufacturing  Co,. ■* s  respectively* 

Kindly  Bend  these  to  me  at  your  earliest 

and  oblige. 

Yours  respectfully, 


Hoy.  16th  10. 

Arthur  Brisbane,  Esq.,  Pres., 

Hew  York  Evening  Journal  Pub.  Co., 

Hew  York  City.N.  Y. 

Bear  Sir: 

Replying  to  your  letter  of  the  13th 
instant  Mr.  Edison  directs  me  to  write  you  that 
you  can  obtain  the  photograph  from  Pach  Bros, 
of  935  Broadway,  New  York 

Regarding  the  interview  on  "Immortality11 
he  directs  me  to  say  to  you  that  before  you  go 
too  deep  in  the  article  get  Osier's  address  on 
Immortality  delivered  at  Harvard,  and  read  it. 

Yours  very  truly, 



So r.  19th  lO. 

D.  Van  Nostrand  Co., 

23  Murray  Street, 

New  York  City. 

Bear  Sirs: 

Kindly  renew  Mr.  Edison1 s  subscription 
to  the  "Journal  of  Experimental  Medicine"  for 
the  year  1911 ,  oend  the  bill  to  the  laboratory 
and  oblige, 

Yours  very  truly. 


Hot.  21st  lO« 

North  Jersey  Paint  Co., 

W.  S.  Mallory,  ®Bq.,  Pres., 

Stewart  svil’J.e,  Hew  Jersey. 

Dear  Mr.  Mallory: 

Your  letter  of  the  19th  instant 
received.  Mr.  Arbogast's  time  which  has  been  charged 
to  the  Paint  Co.  up  to  and  including  Sept.  27th 
has  been  discontinued  from  that  date. 

Regarding  Mr.  Vf.  P.  Reid'd  note, 
this  has  not  as  yet  been  straightened  up.  He  has 
made  payments  from  time  to  time  and  has  reduced 

it  to  $2000.00. 

Yours  very  truly, 


M.  R.  Hutchison,  33s q. , 

50  Church  Street, 

Rev/  York  City. 

3)ear  Sir: 

Yours  of  the  21st  instant  received. 

Mr.  Edison  directs  me  to  write  you  that  we 
already  hare  the  curreB  of  the  small  tube  cells 
showing  the  characteristics,  from  which  the  hig 
cell  can  he  calculated.  He  also  has  nearly 
completed  the  drawings  of  a  large  submarine 
cell  for  the  i/s  inch  tubes,  which  should  be 


Hot.  22nd  10. 

M.  Cllno,  Esq., 

Harmony,  Hew  Jersey. 

Hear  Sir: 

Replying  to  your  letter  of  the  18th 
Instant  Mr.  Edison  directs  me  to  write  you  that 
foreign  patents  are  an  illusion,  a  sink  hole 
for  inventors  money.  If  the  money  is  for 
government  fee  to  continue  the  patent,  you  better  not 
pay-let  the  patent  go. 

Yours  very  truly, 

A  uiidh"-'' 



Nov.  23rd  10. 

E.  H.  Carhart,  Esq., 

Edison  Portland  Cement  Co., 

Stewartsville,  New  Jersey. 

Dear  Sir: 

Replying  to  your  letter  of  the  22nd 
instant  would  say  that  Mr.  Scandell  paid  the 
hill  of  Eeh.  8th  1909,  amounting  to  $160.00. 

We  have  had  no  report  of  v/ood  out  since  then. 

I  have  had  no  tax  hillB  from  Hudson  River 
properties  except  Hanretty's  Stony  Point,  which  I 
sent  you. 

Regarding  the  tax  on  the  Egbert  Church  Mineral 
Right  in  Mansfield  Township,  Warren  Co.,  New 
Jersey  for  $6.35,  I  paid  the  tax  last  year  and  was 
reimbursed  by  Mr.  Randolph  Perkins.  This  year  he 
wants  to  know  where  the  property  is  located.  ^ 

Will  you  please  furnish  me  with  this  information 
and  oblige, 

yours  very  truly, 



tfov,  26th  10. 

W.  S.  Mallory,  Esq.,  Pres., 

Edison  Portland  Cement  Co.  , 

Stewart sville,  Mew  Jersey. 

Dear  Mr.  Mallory: 

Mr.  Bachman  is  waiting  to  heaT  from  you 
regarding  the  exhibit  of  the  model  house  at  .Madison 
Square  Garden.  He  wants  to  know  about  the  back 
ground,  fence  and  whether  he  will  be  allowed  to  erect 
a  pole  representing  the  height  of  the  house. 

Will  you  please  adviso  him  as  soon  as 
possible  aB  it  Will  .take  some  time  to  arrange  things 
for  the  exhibit. 

Yours  very  truly, 

.  y&isX 

Secretary t 



Br.  Bavid  Eairchild, 

Bepartment  of  Agriculture , 

V/ashlngton,  B.  C. 

Bear  Sir : 

I  have  received  and  read  with  much  interest 
a  transcription  of  the  letter  to  me  which  you  dictated 
to  a  phonograph  cylinder.  You  are  quite  correct  in 
assuming  that  I  am  in  sympathy  with  the  work  of  the 
Volta  Bureau  in  itB.effortB  to  teach  the  deaf  and 
thus  help  to  alleviate  their  natural  difficulties  in 
facing  the  many  vicissitudes  of  life. 

1  take  pleasure,  therefore,  in  accepting 
your  invitation  to  Become  a  member  of  your  institution, 
and  herewith  enclose  my  check  for  the  annual  dues  as 
they  are  announced  in  the  Volta  Review. 

Wishing  you  all  succesa  in  this  useful  work, 

I  remain, 

Yours  very 


E.  Schaaf -Regelman ,  Esq., 

21  State  Street, 

New  York  City • 

Dear  Sir: 

Your  letter  of  the  25th  inetant  received. 
Mr.  Edison  directs  me  to  write  you  that  we  have  a 

supply  of  Lithia  just  now.  Wants  to  know  if  you 

cannot  get  the  lactory  « 

I!  oryetals i  -31  P»  *•»  »— 

Regarding  Bl-wtk,  Hr.  Mi.on  direct.  - 

t0  Bay  «,at  he  can  —  «  ““  t“t“r  “*  “ 

never  ream  me  »ar*et.  .»  could  pay  *U« 

.  .  .  „  nr  of  it  Next  summer  he  shall 

Nut  no  more  and  make  a  profit. 

proudly  need  eight  hundred  pound,  per  «ee*. 

Yours  very  truly, 

**b  f[  i» 

.  j\  v^-' 




Motion  Picture  Patents  Co., 

Ur.  H.  IT.  Marvin,  Vice-Pres., 

80  Fifth  Avenue ,  Hew  York, 

Mr.  Edison  directs  me  to  write  you 
that  he  accepts  the  kind  invitation  of  the  29th 
instant  to  join  you  at  the  dinner  of  the 
company  at  the  Plaza  Hotel  on  the  19th  of 

Yours  very  truly , 



Nov.  30th  10. 

New  York  City. 

Dear  Sir: 

Replying  to  your  inquiry  of  the  27th 
instant  Mr.  Edison  directs  me  to  write  you  that 
he  cannot  remember,  but  he  thinks  he  did  corres¬ 
pond  with  Count  Tolstoy  because  he  got  him  to 
make  some  speaking  phonograph  records  which  Mr. 
Edison  has  here.  They  are  on  imperishable 
metal  but  are  very  weak  as  he  was  feeble  at  the 
time  they  were  made. 


Mr.  W.  P.  Beazell, 

care  The  World, 

yours  very  truly, 

Dec.  6th  1910, 



’  :  '•  "  / 

Deo.  ith  10. 

S.  Harodny ,  Esq . , 

952  Simpson  Street, 

Brooklyn,  "New  York. 

Dear  Sir: 

Replying  to  your  letter  of  the  5th 
instant  Mr.  Edison  directs  me  to  write  you  that 
it  will  "be  impossible  for  him  to  attend  the 
memorial  evening  for  the  late  Count  Tolstoy 
at  the  Holland  House;  having  too  many  experi¬ 
ments  on  hand  which  necessitate  his  attention. 

Youre.,very  truly, 




E.  F. Brady,  Esq., 

57  Duehe  Street, 

Dow  York  City. 

Dear  Sir: 

Your  letter  of  the  5th  instant  regarding 
the  Advertising  Campaign  of  the  Electric  Vehicle 
Association. of  America,  received. 

Yes,  I  will  contribute  Five  thousand 
($5000.00)  Dollars  toward  the  Campaign  for  the 
year  1911,  if  the  committee  raise  $50,000.00 
additional,  and  it  is  expended  under  their  guidance. 

Yours  'very  truly , 

Dec.  7th  10. 

Samuel  Insull,  Esq.,  ptes., 

Commonwealth  Edison  Company, 

Edition  Building,  Chicago,  Hi, 

My  dear  Sammy: 

1  am  in  receipt  of  the  enlarged 
photograph  (mentioned  in  your  letter  of  the  26th 
ultimo)  of  Mr.  Steinmets  and  myself,  taken  at 
the  Edison  Convention,  at  the  Erontenac  Hotel 
on  September  8th  1910. 

Please  accept  my  sincere  thanks  for 
the  same,  which  occupies  a  conspicuous  place  in 
my  library  here. 

With  kindest  regards,  believe  me. 
Sincerely^  yours. 

Sec.  7th  lo, 

M.  R.  Hutchison,  Ksq. , 

50  Church  street, 

Hesr  York  £ity. 

Bear  Sir: 

Replying  to  your  letter  of  the  50th 
ultimo  Hr.  Edison  directs  «  to  write  you  that 
*e  will  see  Hr.  Ricketts  in  regard  to  nickel  hut 
douhts  if  he  can  do  anything  as  he  hue  *  fine 
contract  with  the  nickel  Trust. 

Youxb  very  truly. 

Secretary . 

Dec.  8th  10 

W.  L.  Edison,  Esq. , 

Salisbury,  Maryland. 

Dear  Sir: 

Replying  to  your  letter  of  the  3rd 
instant  Mr.  Edison  wants  the  particulars  of  the 
claim  the  lawyer  has  against  you.  He  wants 
detailed  hills. 

please  send  these  and  oblige,. 

Yours  very  truly, 

m ■■ : 

vx:  6.  ■  ; 




10th  10. 

M.  Pinner,  Esq., 

122  Water  Street, 

New  York  City. 

Dear  Sir: 

Your  letter  of  December  8th  at  hand . 

In  ray  opinion  you  have  got  if  about. right,  I 
think  the  churches  are  0.  K.  as  centers  of  our 
social  system,  where  people  can  meet  socially. 

If  the  preacher  would  stop  talking  about 
the  supernatural  and  talk  about  the  Golden  Rule, 
and  explain  the  works  of  nature  to  show  the 
advantages  of  the  rule,  it  would  be  much  better. 


Doc.  10th.  10. 

J.  P.  Chalmers,  Esq., 

Moving  picture  World , 

125  Bast  23rd  Street, 

Hew  York  City. 

Dear  Sir: 

Your  letter  of  the  7th  inBtant  at  hand. 
If  you  want  to  obtain  more  data  about  the  motion 
picture,  art  come  over  and  see  me. 

Yours  v e ry  twzi'SC^* 


„  y 

S.  if.  Mills  ,  Esq  , , 

4542  Perry  Street, 

Chicago,  Illinois. 
l£y  dear  Sir: 

Your  letter  of  the  4th  instant 
regarding  my  recent  interview  on  "Immortality'1 
received.'  The  Golden  Rule  was' the  keystone 
of  Oriental  religions  centuries  before  Christ 
was  horn.  It  has  been  the  motto  of  China  for 
four  thousand  years. 

Is  there  any  more  reason  that  I 
should  live  seventy  million  years  than  seventy 


YourB  ve r  y  t  r-u-TyT” 



12th  10. 

Warren  Heaton,  Esq., 

Fort  Worth,  Texas. 

Dea.r  Sir: 

Your  letter  of  the  5th  instant  received. 
Mr.  Edison  directs  me  to  write  you  that  the 
newspaper  article  which  you  enclosed  is  correct. 

He  says  there  is  no  spiritualism  about  this 
experiment.  Reese  has  a  sense  organ  apparantly , 
that  only  appears  in  prodogiea  occasionally, 

Yoprs  very  truly, 



Dec  „  IS tdi  ID. 

Mr.  Hexmui  H.  Maries, 

Morgan,  Karjea  &  Co., 

Paris ,  Prance. 

My  dear  Mr.  MarjeCJ 

This  will  introduce  to  you 
Mr.  J.  P.  Monnot ,  of  Paris ,  who  will  talk 
with  you  regarding  my  battery. 

Any  courtesies  you  may  show 
Mr.  Konnot  will  be  appreciated  by. 



Dec.  13th  10. 

R.  H.  Beach,  Esq., 

50  Church  Street, 

Hew  York  City. 

Dear  Sir: 

Replying  to  your  letter  of  the  12th 
instant  Mr.  Edison  directs  me  to  write  you  that 
he  thinks  the  sheriff  will  soflm  he  after  Field. 

He  nevr  paid  for  the  car,  hut  gave  notes  and  they 
have  just  fallen  due  and  not  been  paid;  just  as 
he  thought.  He  says  to  keep  on  with  the  hus  and 
get  something  practicable. 

Yours  very  truly, 

tiff*  *<*■  UuJ&n... 



Dec.  I3th  10. 

Alt  art  M.  Casey,  Esq., 

Batesville,  Arkansas. 

Dear  Sir: 

your  letter  of  the  8th  instant  requesting 
Mr.  Edison's  opinion  of  Mr.  Gradolph's  discovery 
on  the  Transmission  of  Electrical  Energy,  received. 
Mr.  Edison  directs  me  to  write  you  that  in  his 
opinion  you  will  never  get  out  of  the  rut  with 
this  investment. 

I  return  herewith  your  copy  of  patent 
which  you  enclosed,  also  the  circular  descriptive 

of  the  same. 

yours  very  truly , 

Secretary.  / 



14th.  10. 

Mr.  Gustav  stickley, 

The  Craftsman, 

41  West  34tb  St. , 

New  York  City. 

Dear  Sir: 

Beplying  to  your  circular  No.  6723 
Mr.  Edison  directs  me  to  write  you  that  he  does 
not  care  to  renew  his  subscription  to  the 

Yours  very  truly, 



Dec.  14th  10. 

Herr  Max  A.  R.  Brflnner, 

Kotthuser  TJfer  3, 

Berlin,  36,  Germany. 

Dear  Sir: 

Your  favor  of  the  28th  ultimo  to  Mr. 

EdiBon  has  Been  received.  In  reply  thereto  he 
desires  me  to  say  that  a  full  and  authentic 
history  of  his  life  has  been  written  by  two  of  his 
friends,  Prank  I,  Dyer  and  T.  Commerford  Martin,  . 
under  the  title  of  "Edison:  his  Life  and  Inventions", 
and  has  recently  been  published  by  Haiper  and  Brps . , 
of  New  York  City.  At  the  present  time  negotiations 
are  in  progress  with  a  German  publishing  house  to  . 
publish  this  work,  and  therefore  Mr.  Edison  does 
not  desire  to  furnish  to  any  others  the  facts 
concerning  the  history  of  his  life  and  inventions, 
as  the  recent  book  has  been  prepared  with  the  view 
of  furnishing  the  same  authoritatively. 

Yours  very  truly, 



:.dexson  Carriage  co,, 

Detroit,  Michigan. 

not  Tfonder  you  ha 

:  trouble  with  cold  weathei 

bat-texy  not  protected  from  cold  wind.  We  have 
been  explaning  for  two  years  that  battery  boxes 
should  be  wind  tight.  lansden  vehicles  all.  tight 
and.  are  doing  their  regular  mileage,  and  so  will 
yours  if  you  do  this  simple  thing.  I  am  going 
to  take  one  or  two  of  your  complaining  customers, 

Cel.  Co.  Dec.  14th  10.  Night  Letter  H.  P.  M.S .50  3P»it 

Letterbook,  LB-085 

This  letterbook  covers  the  period  December  1910-March  1911.  Most  of 
the  correspondence  is  by  Edison,  Harry  F.  Miller,  and  George  A.  Meister.  Many 
of  the  letters  pertain  to  the  manufacture  of  Edison's  improved  alkaline  storage 
battery  and  its  use  in  automobiles,  trucks,  railway  vehicles,  and  submarines. 
There  is  also  correspondence  regarding  difficulties  in  production  of  the  storage 
battery  by  Sigmund  Bergmann  in  Berlin,  Germany;  an  audit  of  the  Edison 
Storage  Battery  Co.;  Edison’s  offer  to  sell  the  Lansden  Co.;  and  improvements 
in  his  phonograph.  Other  letters  describe  ongoing  progress  in  the  development 
of  molds  and  patterns  for  use  in  the  construction  of  concrete  houses,  including 
a  letter  in  which  Edison  expresses  his  desire  to  provide  the  working  man  a 
home  "on  the  easiest  kind  of  terms."  Among  the  items  relating  to  personal  and 
family  matters  is  correspondence  regarding  Edison’s  attitudes  on  religion, 
immortality,  and  agnosticism;  his  opinion  on  the  "greatest  inventive  problems 
facing  the  world";  his  remedy  for  his  digestive  problems;  his  membership  in 
clubs  and  societies;  and  his  charitable  donations,  including  a  contribution  to  the 
Library  Board  of  Milan,  Ohio. 

The  label  on  the  front  cover  contains  the  following  notation-  "T  A  E 
Letters  Indexed  1910-11  -  From  Dec  18-1910  To  March  6  1911."  There  is  a 
label  on  the  spine  with  similar  information.  The  book  contains  700  numbered 
pages  and  an  index.  Approximately  15  percent  of  the  book  has  been  selected 


Dec.  16th  10. 

Bred.  A.  Phelps ,  Esq.  , 

Union  Building, 

.  Clinton  Street, 

ITewark,  Hew  Jersey. 

Dear  Sir: 

Mr.  Edison  directs  me  to  write  you  and 
find  out  if  you  know  of  a  good  Chief  Draughtsman , 
who  is  a  pretty  good  experimenter.  One  who 
he  could  give  a  job  to  and  who  is  somewhat 
ingenious  with  ordinary  mechanical  devices. 

Yours  very  truly, 



Copy  of  letter  sent  to  Roger  W.  Babson,  Wellesley 
Hills ,  Mass.  Dec.  16th  10.  original  Mr.  Edison’s 
handwriting  lead  pencil. 

Dec.  16th  10. 

My  dear  Babson: 

Please  send  me  a  copy  of  the 
first  scribblings  I  gave  you  when  you  were  at 
the  Laboratory  the  otehr  day. 

Where  are  those  statistics? 

(Signed)  Edison. 

Roger  W.  Babson,  Esq., 

Welle Bley  Hills,  Mass. 


Dec.  1*7  th  10. 

Open  Court  Publishing  Co., 

378  Wabash  Avenue, 

Chicago,  Ill. 


The  books  mentioned  in  your  letter  -of  the 
13th  instant  have  been  received  by  Mr.  Edison  who 
desires  me  to  thank  you  for  the  same.  He  says  he 
has  already  purchased  the  book  on  Death  and  Resurrection 
by  Bj orklund  from  your  company.  He  will  read  the 
books  but  il^is  seldom  he  writes  anything  for 

Yours  very  truly, 




Dec.  20th  10 

B.  A.  Mathews,  Esq., 

Caldwell,  Mew  Jersey. 

Dear  Sir: 

Replying  to  your  letter  of  the  19th 
instant  would  say  that  we  know  nothing  whatever 
about  your  hill.  Mr.  Edison's  son  is  quite 
able  to  pay  his  ovm  bills.  His  address  is 
Salisbury,  Maryland;  you  had. better  write  him. 


Yours  very  truly, 


Dec.  21st  10. 

1.  13.  Wright,  Esq., 

Union  Building, 

Clinton  Street, 

Newark,  New  Jersey. 

Dear  Sir: 

Replying  to  your  letter  of  the  19th 
instant  Mr.  Edison  directs  me  to  write  you  that  the 
job  is  either  Chief  Draftsman  or  Experimental 
Draftsman  in  this  Laboratory.  How  much  per  day 
would  you  work  for? 

Yours  very  truly, 



(  * 

Dec.  20th  1910 

J.  A.  Hennesy,  Esq., 

2710  12th  St. ,  II.  E. , 

Washington,  D.  C. 

Dear  Sir: 

YleJfU1*  letter  of  the  15th  of  December 
received.^  All  the  great  men  of  science  are 
Agnostics.  We  are  just  emerging  from  the 


December  21st  10. 

Marsh :  - 

Two  or  three  of  the  boys  have  just  told  me 
that  at  the  medting  last  night  you  did'nt  do  us  any 
good  and  they  wished  you  would  subside. 

(Signed)  Edison 

To  Mr. . C.  D.  Marsh, 

15  Spruce  Street, 

ITew  York  City. 

Orig.  sent  l.p.  12/2l/l0.  y'.p .  GAM. 



Sec,  22nd  10. 

W.  H.  Miller,  Esq., 

care  National  phono.  Co., 

New  York  City. 

Sear  Mr.  Miller: 

Mr.  Edison  wants  you  to  send  to  me 
a  weekly  report  of  disc  records  that  you  make ,  giving 
the  names  of  the  subjects  in  each  case.  Also  a 
weekly  report  showing  the  number  of  subjects  you  turn 
over  to  Albert  Wurth  for  plating. 

Will  you  kindly  give  this  matter 

your  attention? 

yours  very  truly, 

Ji  f 




Dec,  22nd  10 

E.  E.  Ware,  Esq., 

Kansas  City,  Kansas. 

My  dear  Sir: 

Your  letter  of  the  13th  instant  received. 

I  have  read  your  "Ithuriel".  In  my  opinion  you  have 
come  closer  to  the  truth  than  any  other  person,  the 
writings  of  which  I  am  acquainted  with.  If  you  had 
stated  that  upon  the  destruction,  for  instance,  of 
a  tree  by  fire,  the  atoms  in  the  products  of  combust¬ 
ion  and  the  aBh  still  retained  their  primal  intelli¬ 
gence  ;  but  the  combination  or  edifice  constructed  by 
the  atoms,  with  its  record  of  experience  and  govern¬ 
ment,  to  permit  it  to  fit  in  its  environment  to 
combat  other  destructive  organism  or  combination  and 
to  create  other  similar  organisms  and  transmit  the 
unimpaired  intelligence  of  the  monad  group  in  the  germ 
plasma,  which  group  seems  to  be  immortal;  you  would 
have  approached  very  close  to  the  truth  (my  opinion 

Also  had  you  left  out  the  Ergo  atom, 
which  survives  and  haB  an  existence  aside  from  matter, 
which  is  called  the  "Soul,  Chost,  Etc."  it  would  have 
been  better  still,  i.e.  more  scientific. 

With  those  changes,  I  believe  there  is 
Dugh  data  obtain;  ble  to  actually  prove  with  a  i 
jh  degree  of  probability,  your  statements. 

Sincerely  yours. 


Tho  Mutual  Life  Ins.  Co.  of  Mew  York, 

Nassau,  Cedar  and  Liberty  Streets, 

•  Hew  York  City,  M.  Y, 


Replying  to  your  letter  of  the  19th 
instant  regarding  policy  No,  163075,  I  beg  to 
say  that  Mary  Edison  left  no  will  and  I  am  the 
Executor  of  her  estate. 

YourB  very 



Doc.  24th  10. 

My  daar  Bergmaun: 

Yours  of  the  1st  instant  received. 
Battery  is  progressing  well.  Our  sales  are  at  the 
rate  of  over  one  million  dollars  a  year,  and  the 
prospects  appear  to  he  unlimited. 

Our  pioneering  and  experimental 
period  is  now  over  and  v/o  are  going  for  cost  reduction 
and  hope  to  vsry  greatly  reduce  cost.  We  are  assured 
by  the  Government  that  they  will  not  renew  any  more 
lead  batteries  in  the  submarines,  and  that  all  renewals 
will  bo  made  with  our  battei’y.  Please  keep  this 

The  prices  which  we  can  get  makes 
this  brunch  very  desirable,-  first  cost  of  lead  battery 
is  less  than  one-half  of  ours,  but  the  cost  per  kilo¬ 
watt  year  with  ours  is  very  much  less. 

Regarding  Tungsten  wire ,  the  General 
Electric  Co.  make  it  I  believe ,  and  I  am  told  that  the 
life  of  the  filament  is  no  better  than  the  squirted 
filament.  If  you  could  draw  a  squirted  filament  through 
a  saphire  die  when  white  hot  in  a  vacuum,  I  think  you 


'llama nt.  Tungsten  filaments  get 
temperature,  as  you  know;  saphire 

I  think  Tungsten  is  the  most  practicable 
metal  for  you  to  use.  If  you  want  to  know  how  all  Tungsten  filaments  are  made,  have  your  clerk  get 
a  list  of  all  English^jatonts  on  filaments  for  lamps, 
then  send  for  printed  copies  of  patents. 

The  only  way  yo 

)  keep  into  the  gai 

1.0  organise  a  gang  of  one  good  experimenter  and  two 
or  throe  assistants,  and  appropriate  a  definite  sum 
of  money  yearly  to  keep  it  going  and  charge  the 
money  to  the  cost  of  production.  Have  every  German  and 
English  patent  sent  them  as  soon  as  issued  and  let 
them  experiment  continuously  to  better  your  filaments 
and  stick  to  Tungsten. 

HITith  the  Compliments  of  the  Season,  I  am, 
Sincerely  yours. 



Admiral  H.  I.  Cone, 

Engineer  in  Chief,  U.  S.  N., 

Chief  of  Bureau  Steam  Engineering, 
Navy  Department, 

Washington,  D.  C. 

My  dear  Admiral  Cone: 

I  wish  to  personally  thank  you  for  the  inter¬ 
est  you  have  taken  in  my  Battery,  and  for  the  Broadminded  view 
and  stand  you  have  taken  regarding  future  Battery  equipments  for 
suBmarines . 

It  rather  went  against  my  grain  to  have  it 
put  up  to  me  good  and  strong  that  if  I  did  not  join  forces  with 
a  certs in. submarine  Boat  oompany,  I  would  not  Be  able  to  sell 
Batteries  for  submarine  work  in  the  United  States. 

It  is  with  a  great  deal  of  satisfaction  that 
I  now  proceed  with  the  work. 

I  sincorely  hope  that  I  may  have  the  pleas¬ 
ure  of  seeing  you  at  the  laboratory  in  the  near  future. 

With  my  Best  wishes  for  a  happy  and  prosper¬ 
ous  new  year,  I  remain. 

Yours  very  truly 

cM  crntxO 


Deo.  30,  1910. 

Admiral  H.  I.  Cone, 

Engineer  in  Chief,  U.  3.  H. , 

Chief  of  Bureau  Steam  Engineering, 

Navy  Department, 

Washington,  D.  C. 

Dear  Sir: 

I  am  in  receipt  of  your  letter  of  the  21et  inst., 
referring  to  visit  of  my  representative,  Mr.  Hutchinson, 
at  the  Bureau  on  Dec.  21,  1910. 

I  think  the  understanding  between  us  is  now  per¬ 
fect,  and,  therefore,  am  proceeding  with  the  utmost  dispatch 
to  construct  and  try  out  the  test- cells  of  the  submarine  type. 
I  have  already  done  considerable  in  this  direction,  and  hope 
to  be  able  to  report  to  you  from  time  to  time  as  to  the  progre 
of  the  work. 

Thanking  you  for  your  interest,  I  remain, 
Very  respectfully, 


3rd  1911. 

The  Waverley  company, 

Mr.  E.  H.  Rice,  V.  P.  &  Mgr., 

Indianapolis,  Indiana. 

Bear  Sir: 

Replying  to  your  letter  ofthe  29th 
ultimo  Mr.  Edison  directs  me  to  write  you  that  he  would 
like  very  much  to  have  you  come  over  to  the  laboratory 
when  you  come  east  to  the  show.  He  wantB  to  justify 
that  article  and  tell  you  something  for  your  own 
benefit  regarding  the  electric  delivery  wagon. 

Yours  very  truly, 


Jan.  4th  1911 


The  Engineers'  Club, 

32  West  40th  St., 

Hew  York  City. 

Gent!  eiaen : 

I  hereby  resign  my  membership 
in  the  Club,  to  take  effect  Jan very  first, 


,  / 

f  A 

Jan.  4th  1911. 

Canadian  Cement  &  Concrete  Ass'n, 

Mr.  W.  Snaith,  Secretary-Treasurer, 

57  Adelaide  St.,  East,  Toronto,  Ca. 

My  dear  Sir: 

Yoursof  the  30th  ultimo  requesting 
the  use  of  the  model  of  the  proposed  concrete 
house  at  your  show  to  be  given  in  March  at 
Toronto,  received,  Mr.  Edison  directs  me. to 
write  you  that  he  cannot  accede  to  your  request 
as  the  model  will  not  stand  shipment.  It  had 
to  be  hauled  to  the  Hew  York  show  with  a  team 
of  horses . 

Yours  very  truly, 



/  .  f\  ^ 

Jan.  5th  1911. 

Blaw  Collapsible  Steel  Centering  Co., 

Mr.  A.  C.  Lehman ,  Vice-Pres.  &  Gen.  Mgr., 

V/estinghouse  Building,  Pittsburgh,  Pa. 

Dear  Sir: 

Replying  to  your  letter  of  the  3rd 
instant  would  say  that  what  I  did  say  was  that 
Blaw  &  Co.  were  the  pioneers  in  removable  forms 
for  bridge,  sewer  etc.  work,  and  that  they  were 
doing  an  enormous  business,  that  I  believe  I  was 
the  first  one  to  start  the  ball  rolling,  by 
advertising,  publishing  and  making  iron  forms 
for  commercial  work. 


Jan.  6th  1911. 

R,  II.  Beach,  Esq., 

50  Church  Street, 

Row  York  City. 

Bear  Sir: 

Yours  of  the  3rd  instant  received. 
Kr.  Edison  directs  me  to  v/rite  you  that  he 
does  not  v/rite  under  his  ov/n  name  for 
newspapers,  but  if  you  desire  hereafter,  when 
the  reporters  see  him  he  will  disclaim  any 
connection  with  the  Car  and  see  that  they 
understand  it . 

Yovtrs  very  truly, 


Admiral  H. I. Cone 

Engineer  in  Chief  Bureau  Steam  Engineering 
Navy  Department,  Washington,  D.C. 

Please  telegraph  our  expense  number  of  oellB  and  ampere  hour 
oapaoity  Submarines  Classes  Adder,  Ootopus,  Stingray, 
Narwhal,  Carp,  Skipjaok,  Eleotrio  Boat  Co.  design  twenty 
six  A  not  yet  olaBBified.  By  mail  Bame  information  and 
battery  tank  dimentions  Seal,  Tuna,  Thrasher,  Holding  up 
cell  design  trying  fit  all  boatB  for  renewals. 

M.R. Hutchison, 

Edison  Laboratory, 


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JfUJ.  10th  1911. 

Mr.  W.  P.  Boazell, 

care  The  World, 

Hew  York  City. 

Dear  Sir: 

Replying  to  your  letter  of  the  8th 
instant  Mr.  Edison  directs  me  to  write  you 
that  you  can  send  one  of  your  men  over  for  an 
interview  providing  he  is  a  "highbrow." 

Yours  very  truly, 

Secretary . 

Jan.  10th  1911, 

National.  Geographic  Society, 

Mr.  0.  P.  Austin,  Secretary, 

Washington,  I).  C. 

Dear  Sir: 

Your  letter  of  the  7th  instant 
received..  The  receipt  made  out  for  dues  was 
in  error.  Will  you  please  send  two  copies 
of  "Scenes  from  Every  Land"  for  the  two  dollars, 
and  greatly  oblige. 

Yours  very  truly, 



Jan.  loth  1911 

Dr.  W.  F.  Radue, 

4633  Hudson  Blvd. , 

Union  Hill,  Hew  Jersey. 

Dear  Sir: 

Yours  of  the  6th  instant  regarding 
the  investment  of  some  cash  received.  Hr. 
Edison  directs  me  to  write  you  that  anything 
that  pays  over  5  per-cent  is,  in  his  opinion, 
risky.  His  advice  is  either  go  down  to  J.  P. 
Morgan  &  Co.  and  ask  them  to  buy  you  the  best 
and  safest  railroad  bond  that  pays  5  per-cent, 
or— buy  a  real  estate  mortgage  on  Hew  York 
City  property  paying  5  per-cent. 

Yours  very  truly, 


Chaa.  Speirs,  Esq., 

care  D.  Van  Noatrand  Co., 

23  Hurray  Street, 

Hew  York  City. 

Dear  Sir: 

Mr.  Edison  directs  me  to  write  you 
to  get  for  him  the  following  books 

Aether  and  Matter  by  Larmor--  ■■ 

Man's  Place  in  Nature  by  Huxley. 

Kindly  mail  the  same  to  the  laboratory  with 
bill  and  oblige. 

Yours  very  truty, 



Jan.  10th  1 

W.  C.  AnderBon,  Esq,,  Pros., 

Anderson  Carriage  Company, 

Detroit,  Michigan. 

Ky  dear  Anderson: 

This  will  introduce  to  you 
my  friend,  Walter  S.  Mallory,  who  has  for 
many  years  and  is  now,  closely  associated 
with  me  in  hu3inesB. 

He  wants  to  get  an  electric 
and  I  hope  you  will  make  it_  easy  for  him 
and  greatly  oblige , 

Sincerely  yours, 

Jan.  lOtli 

My  dear  Bylleaby: 

Your  invitation  of  the  7th 
inotant  received.  I  am  sorry  I  cannot  be 
with  you  this  year.  I  go  to  Florida  every 
year  about  the  time  of  your  banquet  and  it 
is  the  only  rest  I  get  in  dach  year, 

Next  year  I  hope  to  come  out 
to  Chicago  to  see  you  and  Insull  and  the 

To  H.  M.  Byllesby,  Esq., 

218  la  Salle  Street, 

Chicago,  Illinois. 

Jan.  13  th.  1910. 

J.  G.  Reiff,  Esq., 

20  Broad  Street, 

New  York  City. 

Dear  Sir: 

As  per  request  of  Mr.  Edison  1  enclose 
herewith  check  for  §457.00  on  account  of 
insurance.  Mr'.  Edison  directs  me  to  write  you 
that  he  does  hope  the  case  will  soon  he  settled 
as  at  present  it  pulls  hard  to  spare  the  money. 

Yoursvery  truly, 

jf '■■■'] 



Jan.  14th.  1911 

G.  S.  Freeman  Esq. ,  TreaB. , 

The  Lansden  Co. , 

Newark,  N.,  J. 

Pear  Mr.  Freeman: 

Mr.  Edison  wants  to  see  that  statement 
of  sales  by  salesmen  that  Mr.  Lansden  brought  here 
to  show  him,  which  showB  their  record  for  six 
months,  I  think. 

He  would  also  like  to  have  the  date  showing 
when  they  were  hired ,  placed  on  the  statement . 

Yours  very  truly 



Jan.  13th  1911, 

P.  E.  lane,  sq. , 

Kentucky  Are.  &  Boardwalk, 

Atl  ntic  City,  New  Jersey. 

My  dear  Sir: 

Yours  of  the  2nd  instant  received. 

I  thank  you  for  the  photos.  When  I  next  come  to 
Atlantic  City  will  call  and  see  you  and  the  house. 

I  now  have  nearly  all  the  iron  forms  made  and  cannot 
alter  anything  although  I  would  like  to,  in  some 

I  am  enclosing  herewith  a  little  booklet 
that  was  given  out  at  the  Cement  Show  last  month  at 
Madison  Square  Garden,  New  York,  where  1  exhibited 
a  model  of  the  house  which  I  propose  building. 

With  kind  regards,  believe  me, 

Yours  vary  truly, 

f  a 


Jan.  17th  1911. 

Chas.  E.  Johnson,  Esq.,  Pres., 

Carolina  Power  &  light  Co., 

Raleigh,  No.  Carolina. 

Pear  Sir:- 

Your  letter  of  the  14th  instant 
regarding  charging  facilities  for  the  endurance 
run  of  the  electric  automobiles  received. 

Mr.  Edison  directs  mo  to  write  you  that  they 
are  not  coming  thru  North  Carolina.  They  have 
been  running  thru  New  England  experimenting  on 

He  simply  wanted  the  data  in  case  the 
run  was  made  thru  the  South . 

Thanking  you  for  your  kind  offer,  in 
his  behalf, 

Believe  me, 

yours  v  eiy  truly , 

mM . 



Jan.  17th  1911, 

The  Vita^raph  Company, 

Hr.  O'.  S.  Blackton,  Sec., 

116  Nassau  St,,  New  York, 

Dear  Sir: 

Mr.  Edison  directs  me  to  write  and 
thank  you  for  yourB  of  the  14th  instant 
enclosing  the  sketch  of  Mr.  Bergmann  and 
the  Kaiser.  Mr.  Edison  has  forwarded  the 
sketch  to  Berlin  where  he  says  it  will  create 
great  fun. 

Yours  very  truly. 



Jan.  17th  1911. 

The  American  Civic  Alliance, 

507  Fifth  Avenue,  New  York. 

Dear  Sirs: 

Replying  to  your  letter  of  -the  ISth 
instant  Mr.  Edison  directs  me  to  write  you  that 
he  tenders  his  resignation  to  the  Alliance  to 
take  effect  January  1st  1911. 

Your 3  very  truly. 



Jan.  17th  1910.= 

Chaae  National  Bank, 

Mr.  K.  M.  Conkey,  Cas'r, 

New  York  City,  New  York. 

Bear  Sir: 

Youra  of  the  14th  instant  concerning 
Mr.  A.  J.  Boty's  character  received.  Mr. 

Boty  ia  employed  "by  the  Edison  Storage  Battery 
company  as  an  engineer  installing  batteries. 

I  am  not  familiar  with  his  financial  condition. 
He  is,  in  my  opinion,  a  reliable  man. 



0!he  Engineers '  Club, 

Mr.  Joo.  Struthers,  Sec., 

32  V/est  40th  Street, 

Mew  York  City. 

Bear  Sir: 

I  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the 
ISta  instant,  informing  me  of  the  action  of  the 
Board  of  Management  on  January  11 th  1911, 

In  acknowledging  this  notification, 
allow  me  to  express  my  thanks,  together  with 
my  sincere  appreciation  of  the  honor  conferred 
upon  me  by  the  Board  of  Management,  in  electing 
me  to  be  an  honorary  member  of  the  Engineers' 





Dear  Mr.  Johnson : 

Yes,  I  mi  looking  out  for  the  artistic 
character  of  my  concrete  houses.  In  fact,  that  very 
idea  wac  an  inseperable  part  of  my  original  conception 
of  the  scheme. 

Look  at  the  photograph  I  am  sending  you, 
and  tell  me  if  that  type  of  house  ought  not  to  deliver 
me  from  the  unnamed  ring  of  Dante.  This  is  the  class 
of  home  I  have  designed  for  rental  to  the  man  who  earns 
$1.50  to  $2.00  a  day.  My  whole  scheme  covers  even  more 
than  that-  I  want  him  to  have  an  opportunity  to  own 
such  a  home  in  a  few  years  on  the  easiest  kind  of  terms. 

Don't  you  think  thiB  1b  a  pretty  fair 

sort  of  a  house  for  the  digger  and  delver?  - J 

Yours  very  truly, 

To  Robert  U.  Johnson  Bsq., 

The  Century  Magazine, 

Union  Square,  N.  Y.  City. 

Commander  Eetsmann, 

1435  Massachusetts  Ave. , 
Vfa shington,  D.  C. 

I  am  adapting  my  new  Storage  Battery  to  Submarine  Boat 

i*o  qui  l’omont  s  • 

Kiis  means ,  of  course ,  a  cell  very  much  larger  and 
of  greatly  increased  capacity  than  my  vehicle  type  of  coll. 

Having  docided  upon  a  standard  size  such  as  will 
properly  fill  the  battery  tanks  of  United  States  llavy  Submarine 
and  which  promises  to  give  60#  more  capacity  in  the  same  space 
than  the  load  coll,  I  now  desire  to  ascertain  whether  this  size 
and  capacity  will  conform  to  the  Submarine  Boats  of  the  German 
xfavy,  and,  if  not,  to  design  a  cell  that  will. 

It  is ,  of  course ,  understood  that  such  information  a 
you  can  give  me  will  bo  treated  as  strictly  confidential. 

I  desire  to  ascertain  the  following  for  each  class 
or  of  boat  in  your  navy,  it  being  assumed  that  boats  of  th 

game  class  pr  type  have  the  same  battery  tank  arrangement  and 


Humbor  of  lead  batteries, 


2.  Ampere  hour  capacity 


R.-  2. 

3.  Watt  hour  capacity  of  battery  on  one  hour  and 
throe  hour  discharge. 

4.  Weight  of  complete  battery,  including  load  lin¬ 
ing  of  tanks. 

5.  Inside,  net  dimensions  of  Forward  and  Aft 
battery  tanks,  i.c.  ,  longth,  width  and  depth,  free  of  all  ob¬ 

6.  .Voltage  of  motor. 

7.  Voltage  of  motor  when  used  as  a  dynamo  in  charg¬ 

With  the  above  information  before  me  I  can  proceed 
intelligently  and,  in  time,  submit  a  cell  to  your  Government 
for  test. 

Commander  Baron  F.  Yon  Preuschen, 

[fid-  ^-led-d-flcf 
■  emoldoind-fi 

'The  Highlands",  Connecticut  Ave. 

Washington,  D.  C. 

I  am  adapting  my  new  Storage  Battery  to  Submarine  Boat 


This  means,  of  course,  a  coll  very  much  larger,  and 


of  greatly  increased  capacity,  than  my  vehicle  type  of  cell. 

Having  dooided  upon  a  standard  size,  such  as  will 
properly  fill  the  battery  tanks  of  United  States  Havy  Submarines, 
and  which  promises  to  give  60$  more  capacity  in  the  same  space 
than  the  lead  cell,  I  now  desire  to  ascertain  whether  this  size 
and  capacity  will  conform  to  the  Submarine  Boats  of  the  Austrian 
Havy,  and,  if  not,,  to  design  a  cell  that  will. 

It  is,  of  course,  understood  that  such  information  as 

.d-aei  rol 

strictly  confidential. 


give  me 

ascertain  the  following  for  each  class 
being  assumed  that  boats  of  1 
battery  tank  arrangement  and 

I  desire 

type  of  boat  in  your  navy, 
ne  class  or  typo  have  the  £ 


Humber  of  lead  batteries. 


Ampere  hour  capacity 


one  hour 

3.  Watt  hour  capacity  of  battery 

three  hour  discharge 

Weight  of  complete  battery,  including  lead  lining 

5.  Inside .  net  dimensions  of  forward  and  Aft  battery 
.e.,  length,  width  and  depth,  free  of  all  obstructions. 

6.  Voltage  of  motor. 

7.  Voltage  of  motor  when  used  as  a  dynamo  in  charg- 



roceed  in¬ 

information  befor 


ill  to  your  Government  for 

in  time ,  submit 


Tjlihseia'  lo 

Yours  very 

it  Tjlreqorq; 

CT.lOBCrBO  has 


.  03r.ohoG.tfi 





Jan.  21st  1911c 

Rufus  K.  Noyes,  11.  D., 

50  Chambers  Street, 

Boston,  Maes. 

My  dear  Sir: 

Yours  of  the  10th  instant  at  hand. 

I  thank  you  for  presenting  me  with  your  unique 
book.  It  certainly  should  aid  in  bringing  man 
out  of  a  superstition  so  absolutely  ridiculous, 


J*n.  21st  1911. 

Voiney  E.  Lacey,  Esq., 

Detroit,  Michigan. 

My  dear  Sir: 

Yours  of  the  17th  instant  .regarding 
my  recent  interview  which  appeared  An  the  January 
Columbian  magazine  on  religion,  received. 

You  are  right;  intelligence  could 
not  exist,  except  in  matter.  There  seems  to  he 
some  directing  intelligence  in  matter  to  eaqplain 
the  production  of  certain  perfect  mechanical 
constructions,  which  does  not  seem  possible  to  have 
arisen  from  undirected  evolution. 

Yours  v  ery^irfuly, 



Jan.  2lBt  1911. 

My  dear  Bergmann: 

Yours  of  the  9th  Instant  received. 

I  could  do  nothing  with  manufacturing  the  battery 
in  Europe,  because  I  could  not  give  it  my  personal 
attention,  which  is  a  prime  necessity  in  a  pioneering 
invention  like  this. 

On  the  spur  of  the  moment  my  advice 
would  be  to  keep  your  company  up— do  not  liquidate— 
stop  manufacturing,  sell  your  property,  turn  everything 
into  cash;  put  the  capital  at  interest,  get  a  good 
selling  manager  and  only  sell  batteries. 

I  can  furnsih  them  from  America  just 
about  as  cheap  as  you  could  manufacture.  It  is  a 
mistake  to  think  you  can  manufacture  things  of  this 
kind  in  Germany  any  cheaper,  or  as  cheap  as  we  can  here, 
where  inventions  have  to  be  constantly  made  and  where 
a  single  device  might  do  away  at  one  stroke  with  50 
men;  the  mere  difference  in  wages  amounts  to  nothing. 

Vie  are  gradually  getting  in  good 
shape  here,  and  Hop.  to  e»t«h  up  t.ith  o«r  oMet. 
spring.  We  are  10,000  cells  behind. 


s.  B.  -  2  - 

The  cheapening  process  will  go  on 
continuously,  and  in  time,  we  shall  make  the  batteries 
very  cheap  and  very  good. 

There  is  a  great  increase  in  electrics  over 
hero,  as  people  are  finding  out  the  cost  of  repairs 
of  the  two  or  three  years  use  of  the  gas  car,  and  its 
unreliable  expensive  chauffer. 

1  have  an  order  from  the  United  States 
Government  for  a  large  cell  battery  for  submarine, 
with  a  promise  that  if  it  is  0.  K.  we  will  get  them 

If  your  company  does  only  a  selling 
business,  and  have  batteries  shipped  from  here  it 
would  take  no  risk  and  its  profit  would  be  known. 
Possibly  some  of  your  jigs  and  tools  I  could  use, 
paying  what  they  cost:  I  will  see  Rogers  about  that. 

Make  up  your  mind,  Bergmann,  not  to  give 
up  the  battery.  Because  it  has  failed  in  manufacturing 
does  not  signify  that  it  would  fail  in  making  a  good 
profit  selling  batteries  supplied  from  America. 

I  feel  absolutely  certain  that  I  can  down  the  Lead 

4  Sommerstrasse , 

Berlin,  W.  Germany. 


Jan.  23rd  IX. 

Brentano 1 o , 

5th  Ave.  &  27th  St. , 

New  York  City. 

Dear  Sirs:  - 

Will  you  kindly  send  to  the  above 
address  and  charge  to  Kr.  Edison's  account  the 
following  books:-  * 

1-  "Medical  Chaos  and  Crime— by  Barnesby", 

2-  "Literary  Remittances— pub.  by  Financial  Pub.  Co.", 

3- "Economic  Prejudices— by  Guyot",  —just  published 
by  Scribner. 

Yours  very  truly, 


-  W  ir' 


1ST.  Chao.  H.  3Unt, 

JJ5  Broad  Street, 

liow  York  City. 

I sy  dear  Hr.  Dlint:- 

WM®  MX**  i«l»arin«.  i«  «*.  «****• 

I  ms  at  work  on,  and  expect  to  have  completed 

capjciV’roft^  f°r  t-'° 

eane  space  oi  the  lead  VP*-*  batucrj  ..  i 

Tn  addition.  the  crew  of  the  Boat  are  not 
,  .  t  evoy-c-e^ont  dancer  of  asphyxiation  by  • 

“„.™ !X5‘tS  Iu2*£ri.  now  nr  «»  1M*  bnUntl' 

!“k.  S;  bow  °nd  comuinno  wits  <W«W  '»lt  »i.»  i« 

present  |.HV.tV.e  bilge. 

T-e  U  3.  liavy  Departments  are  so  favorably 
,  ...  "^Hieo  of  my new  battery  for  submarine  . 

impressed  wi-i.  an  order  for  complete  submarine 

boat  mSipmont  fVokrliWt  possible  delivery. 

xr  you  desire  further  information  ^regard 
,  +  +  t  ...ill  be  rlad  to  see  you  at  an,, 
to  my  submarine  type  ^a-tery,  I  ^-11  L  out  to  w  Laboratory, 

time,  or  if  you  cannot  spare  tue  ti-.c^o  .□.»  ^  Kutchieon, 

my  Representative  and  buum..r ino  W  -  w ,  U  .  U  v,m  be  very 

50  Church  Street,  II.  Y. ,  .  u  ft»  he  is  thoroughly 

glad  to  discuss  the  matter  at  xci.^n  "  '  ... 

posted.  _  •  ,  ’ 

vjould  be  ir.tcrcste< 

yours  sincerely', 

•of i  Place, 
Washington,  I).  C. 

iighly  appreciated  letter  of  the  Slot 
•ceeived  and  very  carefully  noted. 

.1  give  me  much  pleasure  to  have  you 
>ore.tory  during  your  ptuy  in  Hew  York 
you  mike  an  appointment  with  toy 
Ldontial  reprc3cr.tnt.ive  in  liaval 
sr  Reece  Hutchison  of  !ic  Church  Utrc-ci 

'  showing  you  through  the  Laboratory 

itchiean  expects  to  visit  Washington 
will,  if  you  den  ire,  call  and  give 
Lng  data,  relative  to  ay  submarine 
'  engineer  in  charge  of  adaptation  of 
il  requirements  and  you  can  repose 

.pr.ting  the  pleasure  of  meeting  you 

Very  truly, 

JjL  .~<n«XO  O  Cc9a^ 


Quincy,  Ua33. 

Jan.  25th  1911.. 

1  am  in  receipt  of  your  letter  of 

19th  instant. 

1  realize  the  importance  of  full  Knowledge  as  to  weight, 
capacity  etc.  before  you  can  design  a  new  boat  to  use  my  battery,  . 
and  for  that  reason,  Ur.  Hutchison  tolcl  your  Ur.  Edgar  wo  think 
it  would  be  much  better  to  wait  until  the  tests  v/c  are  conducting 
on  the  l.iv re  cells  arc  finished,  before  endeavoring  to  include 
the  battery  in  now  boat  designs. 

1  an  very  much  gratified  at  the  indications  as  to  increase 
in  capacity  with  less  v'cight  than,  and  equivalent. to  the  lead  battery, 
and  the  excellent  performance  under  exceedingly  heavy  discharge  and 
very  rapid  charge  conditions. 

1  am  incorporating  into  the  submarine  type  cell,  nany 
features  that  have  not  yet  been  announced  commercially,  and  which 
will  be  productive  of  ideal  character isticc  for  submarine  work. 


The  encourag 
United  tit  a  to  a  and 
their  realization 

went  x  r.;a  receiving  from  the  llavy  Department 
.11  foreign  Governments,  indicates  pretty 
of  the  fundamental  superiority  of  my 
:  for  this  class  of  work,  and  their  desire 
ura  ready  to  supply  the  deaand. 

to  adopt  it  as  soon  as 

Mr.  Hutchison  will  keep  you  advised,  from  time  to  time, 
regarding  the  progress  of  the  work  and  results  achieved. 

itercst,  and  wishing  you  success 
s  submarine,  in  which 

Thanking  j 
in  the  production  and  i 
I  am  becoming  more  and 

emain ,' 

Yours  very  truly, 


n  wSehos  i:i e  to  achnov; ledge  receipt  of  your 
:;t.  r.nd  to  say  that  lie  has  followed  with 
in  acquainting  tho  public  as  to  the  merits 
i.oturea  for  educational  purposes  and  enter- 

la  accordance  with  your  request,  I  hand  you  herewith 
, :S0. 00,  being  the  amount  of  Hr.  Edison's  contribution 

to  your  forthcoming  booh. 




Jan.  25th  1911. 

These  matters,  with  my  studies  and 
reading,  together  with  the  thousand  and  one. 
questions  constantly  arising  out  of  my  business 
interests,  keep  me  busy  from  early  morning  until 
late  in  the  evening,  and  prevent  sjy  being  afflicted 
with  ennui. 

1  trust  that  this  letter  will  in 
a  measure  be  suitable  for  y.our  purpose  and 
remain , 

-  "D 

Yours  very  trulyj 

bio  OS' 

Jan.  26th  1911. 

ieetfc,  Req. , 

lie."!  Haven,  Conn. 

Vo  nr  letter  of  the  17tV.  ir.nte.nt  received. 

(Ur cots  ru;  to  write  you  that  the  true 
copis  imagee  depend  upon"  the  reception  within 
c^'  “cd  oentero  of  vision,  of  two  separate 
-•  t i mul i  (daxtra  ct  irinet-rn)  which  through  a 
ijical  confusion  of  idea6,  is  translated  by  our 
ion  no  a  single  image. 

Personally,  1  have  seen  the  psuedo-stcreoscopic 
which  you  refer  to.  Recently  in  a  film  entitled 
land  of  Corsica1' ,  the  operator  worked  from  the 
fa  rapidly  moving  car  and . constantly  moved  hie 
laterally,  to  compensate  far  the  carve  of  the 
d.  Rock b,  trade ,  poets  etc.  of  the  fore-ground 
ut.  i.-i  marked  relief,  but  the  back-ground  was 
fly  rlut„  Irvon  photographic  printa  may  exhibit 
o* stereoscopic  effect  if  the  immediate  fore-ground 
harply  defined  contrasty  object  against  a  lighter 
'aural,  i'er  exiuapl  a- -  a  pine  tree  against  a  snow 
.13  and  bright  sky. 

The  method  suggested  by  you  is  impossible  for 
..-rv.'il  reouivad  to  distinguish  separate  objects 
be  lass  than  1/10  of  a  second.  Kotion  picture 
-es  are  projected  16vper  r.econd.  Alternately 
;ed  stereoscopic  images (taken  the  reuired  2° 
would  be  resolved  as  one  image,  very  much 
L,  due  to  the  rapid  lateral  shifting  of  the 
•no  detail. 


tvtivdU  *vTN&«  Carmo^tK^vx 
V)  eJU&N  Jf  tm»XA  'vxoTbi- 

%  &j*r>  -vwvacW 


©yvt  yrf?&\ 


\oav:?  A'-*  -  1 

oOth  1911 

Richmond,  h.  Y< 

Youre  of  the  £5th  of  January  at  hand.  >>• 
jv,.  of  conorete  I  use  the  aggregates  do  not 
;t.  1  have  experimentally  determined  that 

5  feet  high  can  he  potired  without  nettling 
the  top  will  have  the  same  composition  as 
cm.  Of  course  the  viscosity  of  the  mixture 
made  high  hy  very  fine  cement,  warm  water  and 
.tch  mixing,  to  produce  cement  jelly. 

I  have  not  done  anything  for  years  in 
i;  cannot  spare  the  time.  There  is  plenty 
for  improvement.  _ _ — 

Jan.  30th  1911. 

X>*  Slc&ne,  2sq. , 

::  West  OBr.d  et. , 

How  York  City, 

Sou i  Sir«- 

Your  letter  of  the  kOth  instant  regarding 
the  Edison  Storage  Bsttery  Co.  received. 

A  firn  of  public  accountants  is  now  engaged 
in  making  an  audit,  and  wc  should  have  it  shortly. 

1  rill  send  you  the  results. 

'lie  have  established  n  very  good  business, 
amounting  at  present  to  about  §60,000  per  month,  arid 

Jan.  30th  1911. 


Pub,  6th  1911. 

Cooil  Calvert,  Esq., 

College  Park,  .Maryland. 

Pear  air:- 

I  enclose  herewith  a  copy  of  letter 
received  from  our  chemist  at  the  Edison  Portland 
Cement  Co.  regarding  your  patented  cement  bag, 
v/hich  Hr.  Edison  directs  me  to  send  to  you. 

Yours  very  truly, 

f  '//Hhsisi 




February  3rd  1911. 

Hr.  ThoB.  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  lfcw  Jersey. 

Dear  Sir;- 

special  improvement  about  this  bag,  except  the  cord  in 
the  open  end.  This  is  probably  supposed  to  prevent 
fraying,  but  my  experience  is  that  we  have  no  special 
trouble  on  that  part  of  the  bag. 

The  cord  might  also  reduce  the  tendency  for 
the  string  to  slip  off,  but  I  do  not  think  our  troubles 
in  this  line  are  sufficient  to  warrant  the  extra  expense. 

Youro  very  truly, 

Feb.  11th  1911, 

W.  F.  Brewster,  Esq., 

Hyde  Park  Hotel, 

Chicago,  Ill. 

Bear  Sir: 

Replying  to  your  letter  of  the  8th 
instant  Mr..  Edison  directs  me  to  write  you  that' 
he  once  sent  for  Ives  and  wanted  him  to  go  to 
work  on  films  in  natural  colors,  hut  he  would 
not  do  it,  so  he  is  working  at  it  himself  and 
has  gotten  pretty  fair  results. 

Yours  very  truly, 



Feb.  11th  11. 

Miss  Atty  S.  Hawley, 

Secretary— library  Board, 

Milan,  Ohio. 

Dear  Mias  Hawley 

Your  letter  of  the  8th 
instant  requesting  contributions  for  the 
heating  apparatus  etc.  toward  the  new  Township 
Library  Building  received. 

Mr.. Edison  directs  me  to  write 
you  that  he  will  contribute  $250.00,  and  would 
like  to  do  better  but  that  his  whole  income  is 
devoted  to  experimenting. 

Yours  very  truly, 




Allan  L.  Benson,  Esq., 

1  Arthur  Street, 

Yonkers,  Hew  York. 

My  dear  Sir:- 

Your  favor  of  the  9th  instant 
received.  I  know  of  Hunter:  he  is  a  schemer, 
— look  outJ 


47  5 




Feb.  11,  1911. 

Mr.  F.  L .  Spence, 

Vice  Chairman 

Board  of  Control, 
Toronto,  Canada. 

Dear  Sir: 

Your  esteemed  favor  of  February  2nd  is  "before  me.  I  did  not 
reply  to  this  immediately  upon  receipt  of  it  "because  I  had  understood 
that  your  engineers,  Messrs.  Rust  and  Aiken,  were  to  visit  our  Works, 
and  it  occurred  to  me  that  it  would  he  better  to  await  their  arrival 
before  replying. 

I  can  appreciate  how  you  feel  about  recommending  to  your 
people  the  use  of  cars  driven  with  storage  batteries,  especially  as 
the  nee  of  the  storage  lottery  for  driving  street  core  10  n.».  Li¬ 
mit  me  to  call  your  attention  to  th.  foot  that  mile  th.  ej.oiflc 
application  of  storage  botterioa  to  this  partioulor  service  is  »•». 
yet  the  several  details  of  the  oar  and  battery  ond  their  no.,  ore 
by  no  non.  The  battery  has  bom  in  sueo.ssful  and  very  ex¬ 
tensive  nse  for  six  year.  «nder  oncb  diver.ifi.d  conditions  .»  to 
leave  no  donbt  of  its  p.r»»».»t  success..  The  conditions  that  I 
refer  to  are  .hen  used  in  truohs.  and  these  condition,  are  usually 
much  mow  severe  than  .ben  the  some  battery  is  used  in  a  street  car. 
A  little  thought  on  your  part  .ill  «*«  this  clear  to  you.  The  lat¬ 
hery  used  i.  a  true*  is  usually  concealed  .ithin  the  body  o  the 

true*  in  0  dark  place,  usually  in  a  dirty  Place,  .here  it  is  not 
truoK  m  .  oar  it  is  in  o  light  clean 


Mr.  F.  I,.  Spence.  (2)  Pet.  11.  1911. 

are  usually  In  the  hands  of  men  not  qualified  to.  properly  care  for 
them.  In  street  cars  where  a  number  are  used  a  system  of  inspection 
can,  and  should  he.  Installed  which  will  at  all  timeB  give  to  the 
batteries  the  attention  which  they  require.  This  attention  1b  small, 
but  nevertheless  should  be  given;  therefore  if  the  battery  has  oper¬ 
ated  during  the  long  period  of  time  that  it  has  under  the  adverse 
conditions  of  trucking  I  feel  that  it  is  safe  to  say  that  it  will  do 
even  better  work  in  street  oar  service  under  the  conditions  you  have. 
We  have  had  experience  enough  to  warrant  us  in  giving  you  a  proper 
ard  businesslike  guaranty  of  the  life  of  the  battery'.  This  insures 
yea  against  financial  loss  on  account  of  the  possible  failure  of  the 
battery  to  perform  its  work  in  your  City;  we  take  the  risk. 

\B  to  the  cor  itself:  This  is  a  matter  which  any  engineer  who 
is  competent  can  judge  for  himself.  The  motor  which  drives  the  car 
is  old.  It  operates  under  conditions  the  same  as  in  the  trolley  car, 
practically,  a  slightly  changed  condition  due  to  the  battery  is  more 
favorable  for  the  motor  than  when  used  with  the  trolley.  This  is  due 
to  the  lower  voltage  of  the  driving  current,  so  that  it  can  safely  be 

said  that  if  there  'is  any  change  in  the  conditions  so  far  as  the  elec¬ 
trical  equipment  is  concerned,  that  is  the  motors,  the  controllers  and 
the  wiring  of  the  car,  it  is  favorable  to  the  electrical  equipment 
rather  than  unfavorable.  It  can  therefore  reasonably  be  expected  that 
you  will  get  a  longer  life  from  this  part  of  your  car  structure  by 
reason  of  the  battery  used  than  you  would  with  the  trolley. 

Aa  to  the  balance  of  the  car:  The  design  has  been  very  careful- 
Ijr  an.  intelligently  worhed  out.  The  ear  Way  is  -a.  1U»«.  “  »ot 
so  light  as  to  to  fragile.  It  la  a«ro»ger  an.  -or.  .nt.tantial  than 
bodies  ha,.  fen  ne.e  heretofore.  The  nain  feature  of  the  to.y  i. 


Mr.  F.  I.  Spence.  (3)  Feb.  n>  1911. 

the  introduction  of  a  lattice  steel  girder  which  gives  to  the  body 
great  rigidity  longitudinally,  and  permits  of  a  reduction  in  weight 
of  the  various  parts  of  the  structure,  so  that  the  total  weight  of 
the  26  ft.  oarbody  is  about  3500  lbs.  as  compared  with  the  lightest 
etandard  body  made  which  is  about  6800  lbs. 

As  to  the  structure  of  the  truck,  almost  the  same  remarks  apply. 
The  truck  is  splendidly  made.  It  is  welded  instead  of  riveted.  It 
is  intelligently  designed,  and  I  believe  it  is  the  best  car  truok 
ever  made. 

I  am,  personally,  in  no  way  interested  in  the  manufacture  of 
these  cars,  trucks  and  electrical  equipment,  and  I  have  no  selfish 
interest  in  their  use,  and  what  I  say  to  you  in  regard  to  them  you 
may  consider  as  an  opinion  unbiased. 

As  a  proof  of  the  excellent  economy  secured  in  the  use  of  these 
oars  I  enclose  you  a  reprint  of  a  letter  written  by  the  Genl.  Supt. 
of  the  Railroad  in  Atlantic  City  ,  who  tested  one  of  these  cars, which 
if  you  will  refer  to  any  of  these  engineers  in  your  locality  you  will 
see,  in  case  you  are  not  already  familiar  with  these  facts,  that  the 
operation  of  this  car  as  to  the  cost  of  current  per  car  mile  is  much 
lower  than  you  are  now  getting  (I  think  I  an  safe  in  saying  one  third) 
from  any  like  cor  in  your  city. 

I  have  made  some  inquiry  in  regard  to  engineers  in  this  locality 
who  know  something  about  these  cars  and  batteries,  and  I  am  told  that 
the  firm  of  Westinghouse,  Church,  Kerr  &  Co.,  New  York  City,  are  a 
reliable  firm,  that  they  have  studied  this  subject  and  are  competent 
to  advise  you.  You  may  communicate  with,  them  in  regard  to  the  matter, 
and  I  believe  they  would  be  glad  to  act  as  your  consulting  engineers. 

in  a  general  way  you  are  safe  in  assuming  that  the  operation 



58.  B.i^p^.^T 

Mi;  to,  aoiM-^eqo 
a,rnoy  jTfliid;  OfijPO I 
bo  eiil  ^xi^^oit 

iseW-,  lo^afiJ  J^erfd’ 

i  .miil.eltfBileT 

or  tnebe  cars  on  your  proposed  road  will  toe  satisfactory  to  you.  The 
oars  nr.  mv.  •<?  reliatole  in  their  operation  than  the  trolley.  The  sys¬ 
tem  is  more  i:  ew.’hle,  it  is  more  convenient  ana  the  oars  will  move 
over  any  track  in  which  the  gauge  is  suitable . 

In  addition  to  the  above  mentioned  advantages,  it  happens  that 
the  combined  oost  of  all  the  elements  that  go  to  make  up  a  complete 
railway,  the  net  result  is  very  much  cheaper  both  in  first  cost  and 
in  the  oost  of  operation. 

V/e  can  refer  you  to  many  firms  who  have  used  these  batterieB, 
and  shall  be  glad  to  do  so  if  you  desire. 

I  have  written  the  Federal  Storage  Battery  Car  Company  to  mail 
to  you,  which  I  believe  they  have  done,  a  complete  set  of  their  pub¬ 
lications  relating  to  these  cars. 

There  is  one  of  these  cars  in  operation  here  on  the  Watchung 
branch  of  the  Erie  Railroad,  which  is  doing  excellent  work.  It  has 
replaced  a  regular  steam  passenger  train.  Its  cost  of  operation  is 
about  15/  per  car  mile  as  against  $1.14  per  train  mile,  and  the  ser¬ 
vice  performed  for  the  15 /  is  exactly  the  same  as  that  heretofore 
costing  $1.14,  which  gives  you  an  idea  of  the  relative  economy. 

I  note  on  Page  3  of  your  letter  that  in  regard  to  the  standard¬ 
isation  of  the  gauge  of  your  road,  your  present  gauge  is  4'  10-7/8". 

I  know  of  no  method  by  which  you  could  economically  change  the  gauge 
of  your  cars,  that  is  to  fit  the  tracks  so  constructed  as  to  permit 
a  shifting  of  the  gauge.  I  know  of  no  case  where  this  has  ever  been 
done*  a^  would  not  believe  it  to  be  a  feasible  scheme.  However,  as 

I  have  never  gone  into  this  particular  phase  of  truck  construction  I 


Mr.  y.  .L.  Spence.  (5)  peb.  llf  1911> 

eouia  not  very  well  advise  you,  but  T  should  think  it  would  he  a 
difficult  and  very  unsatisfactory  arrangement.  I  see  no  reason, 
however,  why  you  should  not  huild  your  road  of  the  same  gauge  as 
the  balance  of  the  roads  in  Toronto.  Your  cars  oan  he  built  to 
any  gauge  you  desire,  and  these  oars  will  he  able  to  operate,  pro¬ 
vided  the  gauge  is  the  same,  over  any  of  the  lines  in  Toronto  from 
your  ovm, forward  or  back,  but  if  you  install  these  cars  the  trolley 
oars  will  not  bo  able  to  operate  over  your  line,  because  you  will 
have  no  trolley  wire  to  feed  them. 

I  have  requested  Mr.  Beach,  President  of  the  Federal  Storage 
Battery  Car  Company,  who  manufacture  these  cars,  to  write  you,  and 
any  further  information  you  desire  in  regard  to  the  matter,  I  am 
sure  he  will  very  cheerfully  give  you.  I  saw  him  yesterday,  and  he 
said  he  had  seen  your  Messrs.  Rust  and  Aiken,  and  that  he  v/ill  be 
glad  to  go  to  Toronto  to  confer  with  you  and  your  engineers  as  to 

the  details  of  the  proposed  installation. 

Yours  trulyf 

Chas.  H.  Meltzer,  Esq., 

476  Central  Pari:  WeBt, 

Replying  to  your  letter  of  the  12th 
instant  Mr,  Edison  directs  me  to  write  you  that 
you  had  better  wait  until  he  gets  through  with 
more  music— say  around  March  first.  He  is  trying 
to  get  at  the  bottom  of  commercial  music. 

Yours  very  truly, 

T.  C.  Martin,  Esq., 

29  West  29th.  Street, 

Mew  York  City. 

My  dear  Sir:- 

Your  letter  of  the  13th  instant 
regarding  sheet  nickel  received.  Mr.  Edison 
directs  me  to  write  you  that  we  are  only  rigged  up 
for  making  very  small  sheets  for  the  battery. 

TO.en  he  can  spare  the  time  he  intends  constructing 
a  machine  for  making  large  eheets-20000  to  the 

Yours  very  truly, 

Assistant  Secretary 

. . r  •  —  r* 

m  m  ^asass iMB  -  mmestm 


yet).  14th  11. 

MrB.  Ida  R.  Condit, 

Caldwell,  New  Jersey. 

Dear  Madam:  - 

Replying  to  your  letter  of  the  11th 

inetant  Mr.  Edison  directs  me  to  write  you  that 

there  are  four  good  automobiles  (electric)  for 

family  use  on  the  market;  as  follows :- 

.  v.r  r  r  Bailey  &  Co.  of  Amesbury , 

The  Bailey  made  by  S.  R.  baixey 

Mass. ---Open  runabout. 

The  Waverly,  made  by  the  Waver ly  Co.,  Indianapolis, 
Indiana.— both  closed  and  open. 

The  Baker, -made  by  the  Baker  Motor  Vehicle  Co. 
of  Cleveland,  Ohio,— open  and  closed. 

Detroit  Blectric~made  by  the  Anderson  carriage  Co. 
Detroit,  Michigan'. -both  open  and  closed. 

These  machines  are  equipped  with  Edison 

send  catalogs  on  application. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Assistant  Sepye  W- 

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rlB  iBoa 

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:>fid  Jatidd 

sxtt  t*dt 
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m  ailasrii 

yob.  14th  11. 

Mrs.  Alice  Holzer, 

240  Herkimer  Street, 

Hamilton,  Ont„,  Ca. 

Dear  Madam 

your  letter  of  recent  date  also 
i!r  THompson's  letter  of  the  8th  instant 

regarding  the  H.rth  American  etock  received. 

„r.  direct.  -  to  «rit.  yon  that 
„r.  Holzer  never  got  the  north  American 
stock  from  hint;  prohahly  nought  it  in 

Street  for  epeculativ.  purpe.. 

!  return  herewith  Mr..  Thompson  s 



Pel).  15,  1911. 

Aeolian  Company, 

362  i’ifth  Avenue, 

Hew  York  City. 


Ref err i nr  to  the  conversation  of  Mr.  Ideadoworoft  with  your 
I sr.  pinner,  I  undorstancl  that  the  price  of  a  subscription  to  your 
library  of  music  rolls  is  twenty  dollars  per  annum,  which  entitles 
the  subscriber  to  the  use  of  24  rolls  per  month,  or  the  equivalent 
of  288  rolls  per  year.  I  understand  that  the  subscription  can  be 


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In  shipnine  the  rolls,  will  you  please^ address  them  J 
Meadoworoft,  Edison  laboratory.  Orange, 

Yours  very  truly. 




The  Gage  publishing  Co., 

Electrical  World, 

114  liberty  St. , 

yours  of  the  16th  instant  regarding 
the  Edison  Storage  Battery  Company^  advertising 
received.  Mr.  Edison  directs  me  to  write  you  that 
we  are  cutting  down  advertising  just  now  as  we  are 
so  far  behind  orders.  When  we  catch  up  will  start 
in  again. 

yours  very  truly, 

The  Taylor-Hobson  Co . , 

St.  James  Building, 

Broadway  &  26th  st»., 

New  York  City. 

Bear  Sirs:- 

I  am  returning  herewith  lens  No.  19786 
with  attachments.  I  feel  that  I  have  kept  thiB 
lenB  altogether  too  long,  but  have  been  away  on  some 
important  work  and  could  not  find  time  to  take  up 
the  experiment,.  I  was  in  hopes,  when  I  saw  you 
last,  to  get  at  it.  without  delay,  but  I  find  out  to¬ 
day  that  I  am  called  away  on  a  long  job  in  our 
motion  picture  department,  and  it  might  be  months 
before  I  can  get  at  the  lenB  proposition. 

I  sent  Mr.  Oliver,  our  studio  engineer  to 
see  you  and  hope  he  found  what  he  v/anted. 

Will  call  on  you  at  the  first  opportunity 
I  have  of  getting  in  the  City  and  thank  you  for 
your  kind  forbearance  in  this  long  delay. 

Yours  sincerely, 



Richard  H.  Dyer,  Esq., 

31  Nassau  Street, 

ITew  York  City. 

Replying  to  your  letter  of  the  17th 
instant  Mr.  Edison  directs  me  to  write  you  that 
he  will  exchange  the  five  bonds  of  the  Orange 
Club  which  are  now  in  his  possession. 

Yours  very  truly, 


Wry .  Goo.  V/.  Young, 

8  west  9th  Street, 

Hew  York  City. 

l«y  doer  Kadame: 

I  hope  you  will  not  moke  any  oontracts  for 
record  moling  for  the  next  few  months,  or  until  I  complete, 
sooner  if  possible,  the  experiments  I  am  now  carrying  on 
for  greatly  improving  the  recording  and  reproducing  of  the 
Boprano  voice. 

Being  quite  familiar  with  the  remarkable 
purity  of  your  voice,  I  have  looked  forward  to  a  time  when 
I  can  record  and  reproduce  it  in  a  manner  commensurate 
with  the  excellence  of  the  material  you  will  be  able  to  give 
me.  I  have  almost  reached  the  gonl,  and  will  very  shortly 
ask  you  to  honor  me  by  allowing  a  record  to  be  made  of  one 
of  yo\ir  favorite  operas. 

In  the  meantime,  please  do  not  commit  yourself 
in  such  way  that  it  would  be  impossible  for  -you  to  join  forces 
with  me  if  I  r^ooh  the  goal. 

With  my  highest  respects  to  yourself,  ana  re¬ 
gards  to  Mr.  Young,  I  remain. 


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Mr.  Thomas  Petrie, 

15  Brindly  St. , 

St.  John,  N.  B. 

Dear  Sir:- 

your  favor  of  the  20th  instant  to  Mr. 
•Edison  waa  received',  and  he  has  naked  me  to  reply 
to  same  . 

The  amalleat  practicable  batteriea  that  he 
Enow.  .f  are  the  -11  dry  latter!.,  that  -  “* 
lighting  .mature  Imp.  1- 
electric  Imp.,  “  “«  “,ed  “ 

at  this  ti»e'.  Tea  can  undoubtedly  find  «—  **  ™ 
electrical  good.  dealer.  in  St.  John.  »  th’y  a” 
„t  to  1.  found  there,  you  can  obtain  thm  fro. 

J  Bunnell  *,  00,,  20  Part  »«“•  ™  Y“*  Clty- 
„  yo«  write  to  the.  they  will  — * 

particular.  about  8ize >  c08t’  et°°  _ 

Br.  Edison  wish.,  you  all  *1U“  “* 

worE  that  you  me  — «•*  “•  ^i. 

entirely  unable  to  offer  you  any  help,  aB 
“  ,  .  16  to  10  hour,  a  day  on  hi.  - 

working  ro  lutely  impossible 


to  .P«.  my  tim  for  ■»«*” 


Karl  K.  Kitchen,  Esq. , 

care  The  World, 

Pulitzer  Bldg., 

Kew  York  City. 

Dear  Sir:- 

Your  letter  of  the  15th  inBtant 
received.  I  do  not  want  to  get  into  any 
controversy  on  religion— have  plenty  to  do 
investigating  realities. 

Yours  very  truly, 


Feb.  23rd  11. 

Edison  Portland  Cement  Co., 

W.  S.  Mallory,  Esq.,  Pres., 

Stewartaville ,  Hew  Jersey. 

Dear  Mr.  Mallory 

Referring  to  attached  bill  for 
insurance  on  oxford  Quarry  property,  it  seems  to 
me  that  Mr.  Edison  should  only  be  charged  with 
the  insurance  from  the  time  he  took  over  the 
property  last  December  until  the  expiration  of 
the  policies.  Will  you  please  alter  the  bill 
accordingly  and  oblige, 

Youtb  very  truly. 



ytj  A.Ay  * 


Mr.  Ralph  W.  Pope,  Secretary, 

American  Institute  of  Electrical  Engineers, 

25  Vest  39th  Street,  Mew  York  City,  M.  Y. 

I  desire  to  vote  to  nominate 

Mr.  Gano  Dunn  for  PreBident  of  the  American 

Institute  of  Electrical  Engineeri 

Youra-'S’ery  truly, 

( ^/SU******  C/i  1  ^ 

Sir  James  Grant, 

150  Elgin  Street, 

Ottawa ,  Cana  da . 

I>ear  Sir:- 

Your  letter  of  the  22nd  instant 
received.  Mr.  Edison  directs  me  to  write  you 
that  your  diagnosis  is  wrong— the  trouble  due  to 
gas  is  from  a  kink  in  the  lower  Intestine  and  he 
can  always  relieve  the  pressure  by  a  somewhat 
violent  wrench  of  the  stomach.  At  the  hospital 
they  said  his  blood  is  dead  normal  and  that  there  is 
no  sign  of  a  deposit  in  the  arteries. 

YourB  very  truly, 



Dr.  Y 




February  28th  1911. 

fedBworth  Warren, 

722  Hammond  Building, 

Detroit ,  Michigan. 


I  feel  inclined,  just  at  the  present 
,  to  sell  the  Lansden  Company  for  just  what  I 
for  it  plUB  ten  (10^)  per-cent— which  is 
on  the  money. 

about  interest 

Feb.  28th.  11, 

Mr.  T.  A.  Edison,  Jr., 

R.  F.  D.  Ho.  3, 

Burlington,  H.  J. 

Dear  Tom:- 

Rep lying  to  yours  of  the  25th 
instant  Mr.  Edison  directs  me  to  write  you 
that  he  probably  will  not  go  to  Florida  this 
year . 

Yours  very  truly, 


,/  X 

/  /  " 

/\  ir 

Feb.  28tb  11. 

C,  J.  HendrickBon,  Esq., 

care  C.  E.  Conover  Co., 

101  Franklin  Street, 

New  York  City. 

Dear  Sir:- 

Your  letter  of  the  24th  instant 
regarding  Mr.  Edison's  recent  interview  on 
Bheet  nickel,  which  appeared  in  the  February 
"Cosmopolitan"  received.  Mr.  Edison  directs 
me  to  write  you  that  we  are  only  rigged  up 
for  making  very  small  sheets.  He  hopes  to 
be  able  to  construct  a  large  machine  for 
producing  large  sheets  this  summer. 

Yours  very  truly, 


Secretary.  / 

Feb.  28  th 

Gso,  E,  Gorham, 

>  State  Street, 

Albany,  ITav?  York, 
dear  J.iadMzt ; » 

Your  favor  of  the  23rd  Instant 
t*7®4'  *tonj'  thankfl  for  the  photograph, 
iav^fttar,  Mrs.  Marion  E.  Oeser'is  address 
i-io-ienheimar  Str.4,  Kulhaussen,  Elsaos, 

■-  Jiave  not  had  a  photograph 
for  ten  years  and  this  is  very 

Yours  very  truly, 

Mias  Clara  A.  Avery, 

47  Eliot  Street, 

Detroit,  Mich. 

I  remember  your  mother  perfectly, 
ao  well  as  your  good  self;  also  Dri  and  your 
other  brother..  I  also  remember  the  old 
house  with  the  kitchen  on  the  side  hill.  I 
think  Doctor  Travers  lived  next  to  you  and 

I  am  pleased  to  learn  that  your 
mother  has  reached  such  an  advanced  age  and 
hope  she  will  go  to  one  hundred  years.  As 
your  mother  stateB  my  mother  was  a  good  woman 
and  vexy  strict  with  T.  A.  E. 

With  kind  remember ances  and 
thanking  you  for  the  book,  believe  me  to  be, 
Yours  sincerely, 




March  2nd  1S11. 

iiwnii  and  Company, 

363,  Broadway 

KeW  Yort . 

dear  Sire;... 

Ycuro  0f  tl-e  28th  ultimo  also 
galley  proof  received, 

Nothing  pjoa660  me  more  than  to 
have  engineers  put  the^el-s1"3  on  record  as  to 
the  certainty  of  the  f4j.iur«  °f  experiments  in 
which  X  am  engaged . 

The  iron  «noalda  of  my  house  are 
finished »  with  the  exception  °f  the  roof-and 
the  experiment  will  be  carried  to  a  finish. 


1634  Walnut  street, 

Cleveland,  Ohio. 

Dear  Sir:- 

Yours  of  the  2nd  instant  regarding  garage 
apace  received.  Kr.  Edison  directs  me  to  write  you 
that  the  cheapest  garage  for  quick  money  is  a  very 
light  constructed  steel  building  one  story  high,  with 
only-  corrugated  iron  on  the  sides  and  top--put  up 
with  holts  so  the  whole  can  he  cheaply  erected  and  then 
taken  down  and  moved  to  another  place . 

You  can  then  rent  the  ground  from  some 
estate  that  is  holding  it  for  future  use  and  who  are 
always  glad  to  make  taxes.  These  vacant  lots  are  near 
husiness  centers;  thus  you  have  a  minimum  investment. 


This  series  contains  correspondence,  interoffice  memoranda,  account 
books,  minute  books,  letterbooks,  and  other  records  pertaining  to  the 
operations  of  Edison's  companies.  Among  the  companies  incorporated  during 
the  period  1899-1910  were  the  Edison  Manufacturing  Co.,  Edison  Portland 
Cement  Co.,  and  Edison  Storage  Battery  Co.  Edison  companies  conducting 
business  abroad  during  these  years  included  the  foreign  department,  branches, 
and  subsidiaries  of  the  National  Phonograph  Co.;  the  Mining  Exploration  Co’ 
of  New  Jersey;  and  the  Edison  Ore  Milling  Syndicate,  Ltd.  The  records  of  many 
of  these  companies  extend  beyond  1910,  and  in  most  cases  selections  have 
been  made  from  the  entire  record  group  and  not  merely  from  the  records 
generated  during  the  years  1899-1910. 

The  period  1899-1910  was  one  of  increasing  centralization  for  Edison's 
companies,  many  of  which  would  be  consolidated  into  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc., 
in  February  1911.  The  Legal  Department  and  the  Foreign  Department,  for 
example,  both  emerged  from  Edison's  phonograph  business  but  served  the 
interests  of  several  companies  in  addition  to  the  National  Phonograph  Co. 
Much  of  the  centralization  was  the  work  of  Frank  L.  Dyer,  general  counsel  of 
the  Legal  Department,  who  succeeded  William  E.  Gilmore  as  president  of  the 
National  Phonograph  Co.  and  vice  president  of  the  Edison  Manufacturing  Co. 
in  1908.  Dyer  later  helped  establish  central  committees  such  as  the 
Manufacturing  Committee,  some  of  the  minutes  for  which  can  be  found  in  the 
"1910.  Edison,  T.  A.  -  General"  folder  in  the  Document  File  Series.  The 
correspondence  and  case  files  of  the  Legal  Department  appear  on  the 
microfilm  in  the  Legal  Series,  while  most  of  the  financial  and  administrative 
records  of  the  Foreign  Department  are  in  the  National  Phonograph  Company 

Most  of  the  documents  in  the  Company  Records  Series  can  be  found  in 
company  record  groups  of  the  same  name  in  the  archives  of  the  Edison 
National  Historic  Site  (ENHS).  However,  the  ledgers,  journals,  and  other 
accounting  records  in  this  series  are  primarily  from  the  Account  Books  record 
group.  Bound  volumes  bearing  archival  N-numbers  and  PN-numbers  are 
interfiled  in  the  ENHS  archives  with  Edison's  laboratory  notebooks  and  pocket 
notebooks.  A  few  items  are  from  the  Legal  Department  record  group. 

Many  of  the  documents  comprising  the  company  record  groups  in  the 
ENHS  archives  were  removed  by  archivists  from  the  Document  File  during  the 
1 980s  and  1 990s.  Some  Edison  company  records  remain  in  the  Document  File 
and  can  be  found  in  folders  such  as  "Edison  Crushing  Roll  Company,"  "Edison 
Manufacturing  Company,"  "Legal  Department,"  and  "Phonograph  -  Edison 
Business  Phonograph  Company."  Correspondence  involving  the  National 
Phonograph  Co.,  Ltd.,  and  various  other  foreign  subsidiaries  of  the  National 
Phonograph  Co.  can  be  found  in  the  National  Phonograph  Company  Records. 
Printed  promotional  material  generated  by  Edison's  companies  can  be  found 
in  the  Primary  Printed  Series. 

The  selected  records  are  arranged  in  the  following  order:  (1 )  Compagnie 
Frangais  du  Phonographe  Edison;  (2)  Edison  Manufacturing  Company;  (3)  ‘ 
Edison  Ore  Milling  Syndicate,  Ltd.;  (4)  Edison  Phonograph  Works;  (5)  Edison 
Portland  Cement  Company;  (6)  Edison-Saunders  Compressed  Air  Company; 
(7)  Edison  Storage  Battery  Company;  (8)  Mining  Exploration  Company  of  New 
Jersey;  (9)  Motion  Picture  Patents  Company;  (10)  National  Phonograph 
Company;  (11)  New  Jersey  Patent  Company;  and  (12)  North  Jersey  Paint 

Among  the  items  not  selected  are  two  summary  books  prepared  by  or  for 
Frank  L.  Dyer  in  1908  and  1910.  Both  contain  individual  entries  for  many 
Edison  companies  and  summarize  incorporation  data.  The  information  in  these 
books  duplicates  the  material  in  the  selected  records. 


In  addition  to  the  twelve  companies  represented  in  the  Company  Records 
Series,  there  are  other  Edison  companies  with  identifiable  records  for  the 
period  1899-1910  for  which  no  discrete  record  group  exists  in  the  ENHS 
archives.  Financial  records  for  these  companies  are  from  the  Account  Books 
record  group,  while  correspondence  and  other  material  generated  by  and 
pertaining  to  these  companies  are  from  various  record  groups  and  can  be 
found  in  several  series  on  the  microfilm. 

Douglas  Phonograph  Company  (1901-191 1) 

This  company  was  formed  in  November  1 904  and  dealt  in  Victor  talking 
machines  as  well  as  Edison  phonographs.  It  was  controlled  by  the  National 
Phonograph  Co.  Correspondence  regarding  the  company's  organization  and 
activities  can  be  found  in  the  Legal  Series. 

The  unselected  financial  records  consist  of  two  ledgers  (1901-1904), 
three  journals  (1902-1909),  and  six  cash  books  (1901-191 1)  that  detail  the 
finances  of  the  company  and  its  predecessor,  Douglas  &  Co. 

Edison  Business  Phonograph  Company  (1908-1911) 

This  company  was  formed  in  June  1908  as  a  successor  to  the 
Commercial  Department  of  the  National  Phonograph  Co.  It  was  absorbed  into 
Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc.,  in  February  1911.  Correspondence  regarding  the 
company's  activities  can  be  found  in  the  "Edison  Business  Phonograph 
Company"  folders  (1908-1910)  in  the  Document  File  Series.  Promotional 
publications  issued  by  the  company  can  be  found  in  the  Primary  Printed  Series. 

The  unselected  financial  records  consist  of  a  ledger  (1 908-191 1)  cash 
book  (1908-1911),  payroll  book  (1908-1911),  and  unbound  journal  and  ledger 
sheets  (1908-191 1).  The  payroll  book  contains  additional  entries  from  1914- 
1916,  when  Edison's  business  phonograph  was  handled  by  the  Ediphone 
Division  of  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc. 

Edison  Manufacturing  Company,  Ltd.  (1903-1918) 

This  company  was  formed  in  London  in  August  1904  and  registered  in 
September.  George  Croyden  Marks,  Edison's  patent  agent,  was  appointed 
managing  director.  Edison  was  the  majority  stockholder  and  one  of  the 
directors.  The  company  transferred  its  base  of  operations  from  London  to  West 
Orange  in  May  1915,  and  it  was  officially  dissolved  in  1918.  During  its 
existence  the  Edison  Manufacturing  Co.,  Ltd.,  conducted  no  business. 
According  to  a  memorandum  from  1 904,  "It  is  simply  a  means  of  protection  for 
the  present  for  the  Edison  Manufacturing  Company  that  exists  in  America."  A 
small  amount  of  correspondence  regarding  the  commercial  exploitation  of  the 
American  company's  products  in  Great  Britain  can  be  found  in  the  National 
Phonograph  Company  Records. 

The  unselected  records  consist  primarily  of  a  minute  book  (1903-1918) 
and  a  series  of  unbound  annual  corporation  reports  (1 903-1 91 8)  that  detail  the 
shareholders  and  directors  of  the  Edison  Manufacturing  Co.,  Ltd. 

National  Phonograph  Company  of  Australia,  Ltd.  (1906-1933) 

This  company,  probably  formed  in  November  1 905,  was  organized  to  sell 
Edison  phonographs,  records,  and  other  products,  including  batteries,  Bates 
numbering  machines,  and  Edison  films.  Correspondence  regarding  the 
activities  of  the  National  Phonograph  Co.  of  Australia,  Ltd.,  can  be  found  in  the 
National  Phonograph  Company  Records. 

The  unselected  financial  records  consist  of  individually  bound  annual  and 
semi-annual  auditor's  reports  (1 906-1933).  included  are  balance  sheets,  profit 
and  loss  reports,  and  trading  accounts,  as  well  as  detailed  statements  of 
account  with  the  Foreign  Department  of  the  National  Phonograph  Co.  (1906- 
1911)  and  with  the  International  Division  of  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc.  (1911- 
1933).  The  trading  accounts  usually  indicate  the  Australian  sales  of  each 
product  individually.  Several  audits  include  covering  letters  from  William  W. 
Wyper,  managing  director  of  the  National  Phonograph  Co.  of  Australia,  Ltd. 

National  Phonograph  Company  of  Chicago  (1901-1907) 

The  Chicago  branch  of  the  National  Phonograph  Co.  began  keeping  its 
own  accounts  in  March  1901,  and  the  branch  was  closed  in  February  1907. 
Correspondence  regarding  its  activities,  along  with  a  profit  and  loss  statement 
for  the  year  ending  March  1 , 1 904,  can  be  found  in  the  National  Phonograph 
Company  Records. 

The  unselected  financial  records  consist  of  a  ledger  (1901-1 907),  journal 
(1 901  -1 907),  and  four  cash  books  (1 901  -1 906). The  journal  contains  a  note  that 
"No  Accts  were  kept  in  Chgo  from  Jany  1st  1902  to  Mch  1st  1903." 

New  England  Phonograph  Company  (1905-1909) 

The  New  England  Phonograph  Co.  was  one  of  the  local  phonograph 
companies  licensed  in  1888  by  the  North  American  Phonograph  Co.  In  1905 
a  struggle  for  control  of  the  company,  which  had  not  conducted  any  business 
since  the  1890s,  developed  between  an  Edison-aligned  faction,  led  by 
President  John  E.  Helm  and  Secretary  Joseph  F.  McCoy,  and  a  group  led  by 
James  L.  Andem.  Correspondence  regarding  the  control  and  activities  of  the 
New  England  Phonograph  Co.  can  be  found  in  the  National  Phonograph 
Company  Records  and  in  the  Legal  Series. 

The  unselected  records  consist  primarily  of  a  minute  book  (1905-1908) 
and  three  loose  items  enclosed  in  the  book  (1909).  The  minute  book  contains 
the  records  of  shareholders'  meetings  and  directors'  meetings  for  the  period 
October  1 905-October  1 908;  the  loose  items  refer  to  subsequent  meetings  not 
recorded  in  the  book.  The  subjects  covered  include  litigation  brought  by  Andem 
against  the  New  England  Phonograph  Co.;  a  criminal  case  against  Andem;  and 
the  position  of  the  New  England  company  regarding  ongoing  litigation  between 
the  National  Phonograph  Co.  and  the  New  York  Phonograph  Co. 


The  Compagnie  Frangaise  du  Phonographe  Edison  was  organized  in 
Paris  during  September  1904  to  sell  Edison  phonographs  and  records  and, 
eventually,  to  manufacture  records  for  sale.  Joseph  L.  M.  Kalteneckerwasthe 
first  managing  director  of  the  company;  James  H.  White  of  the  National 
Phonograph  Co.,  Ltd.,  was  the  first  chairman  of  the  board.  The  company  was 
controlled  by  the  National  Phonograph  Co.  until  1911  and  by  the  Foreign 
Department  of  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc.,  thereafter.  It  became  inactive  after 
1918,  but  it  was  not  dissolved  until  1924.  The  records  consist  of 
correspondence,  minutes,  journals,  ledgers,  and  financial  statements. 
Correspondence  regarding  the  organization,  structure,  and  policies  of  the 
company  can  also  be  found  in  the  National  Phonograph  Company  Records 
(Company  Records  Series). 

The  selected  records  are  arranged  in  the  following  order:  (1)  corporate 
records  (1904-1924);  (2)  merchandise  ledger  (1904-1923);  and  (3)  financial 
statements  (1905-1914).  The  items  not  selected  consist  of  a  general  ledger 
(1 904-1 923);  two  unbound  ledgers  (1 907-1 923);  two  journals  (1 907-1 923);  and 
two  cash  books  (1908-1914). 

Corporate  Records  (1904-1924) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  the  business  and 
legal  affairs  of  the  Compagnie  Frangaise  du  Phonographe  Edison.  Included  are  items  pertaining 
to  the  organization  of  the  company  in  1 904,  its  leadership  and  facilities,  and  its  dissolution  in  1 924. 
There  are  also  partial  corporate  minutes;  letters  concerning  a  musical  copyright  agreement 
executed  in  1905;  a  dealer's  price  contract  from  1908;  and  a  series  of  letters  from  1909-1910 
between  Frank  L.  Dyer,  president  of  the  National  Phonograph  Co.,  and  Thomas  Graf,  managing 
director  of  the  National  Phonograph  Co.,  Ltd.,  in  which  Edison's  plans  forthe  French  business  are 
discussed.  Other  correspondents  include  William  E.  Gilmore,  president  and  general  manager  of 
the  National  Phonograph  Co.  until  1908;  John  R.  Schermerhom,  assistant  general  manager  of  the 
National  Phonograph  Co.,  Ltd.;  James  H.  White,  president  of  the  Compagnie  Francaise  du 
Phonographe  Edison  and  managing  director  of  the  National  Phonograph  Co.,  Ltd.,  until  1 906’  and 
patent  agents  Brandon  Brothers  in  Paris  and  George  Croyden  Marks  in  London. 

Merchandise  Ledger  (1904-1923) 

This  ledger  covers  the  period  September  1904-June  1914,  with  additional  entries  from 
1916-1918  and  December  1923,  when  the  company  was  dissolved.  It  summarizes  transactions 
relating  to  the  purchase  and  sale  of  phonographs,  phonograph  records,  and  other  merchandise 
including  films,  projectors,  and  batteries.  The  entries  are  written  in  French,  and  the  amounts  are 
calculated  in  French  francs. 

Statements  (1905-1914) 

These  unbound  statements  coverthe  period  January  1 905-December  1914.  They  consist 
of  a  variety  of  balance  sheets,  expense  statements,  journal  entries,  and  profit  and  loss  statements 
for  the  Compagnie  Frangaise  du  Phonographe  Edison  and  its  record  manufacturing  plant  at 
Levallois-Perret  3  r 


General  Ledger  (1904-1923) 

This  ledger  covers  the  period  September  1904-July  1914,  with  additional  entries  from 
1 91 6-1 91 8  and  December  1923,  when  the  company  was  dissolved.  As  the  account  book  of  final 
entry,  it  summarizes  transactions  relating  to  the  sale  of  phonographs,  phonograph  records,  and 
other  products.  Included  are  capital,  cash,  sales,  and  other  accounts.  The  entries  are  written  in 
French,  and  the  amounts  are  calculated  in  French  francs. 

Ledgers  (1907-1923) 

These  two  unbound  ledgers  cover  the  period  June  191 1-July  1914,  with  additional  entries 
from  1 916-1918  and  1923,  when  the  company  was  dissolved.  Also  included  is  a  legal  expense 
account  from  1907.  Most  of  the  alphabetical  entries  summarize  transactions  with  individuals  and 
companies,  including  royalty  accounts  with  the  Gaumont  film  company  in  Paris  and  the  Reimers- 
Enberg  film  company  in  Brussels.  Other  accounts  are  with  firms  that  appear  to  be  dealers  in . 
France,  Spain,  and  Belgium.  Many  accounts  are  continued  from  one  ledger  to  the  other.  The 
entries  are  written  in  French,  and  the  amounts  are  calculated  in  French  francs. 

Journal  #2  (1907-1912) 

This  journal  covers  the  period  April  1907-September  1912.  Chronological  entries  provide 
information  about  transactions  posted  to  various  accounts  and  recorded  in  the  general  and 
merchandise  ledgers.  Each  page  bears  the  initials  of  an  accountant  or  auditor.  The  entries  are 
written  in  French,  and  the  amounts  are  calculated  in  French  francs. 

Journal  #3  (1912-1923) 

This  journal  covers  the  period  September  1912-July  1914,  with  abbreviated  entries  for 
1915,  1916, 1918,  and  1923,  when  the  company  was  dissolved.  Chronological  entries  provide 
information  about  transactions  posted  to  various  accounts  and  recorded  in  the  general  and 
merchandise  ledgers.  Each  page  bears  the  stamped  initials  of  an  accountant  or  auditor.  The 
entries  are  written  in  French,  and  the  amounts  are  calculated  in  French  francs. 

Cash  Book  #2  (1908-1913) 

This  cash  book  covers  the  period  August  1908-January  1913.  Chronological  entries 
provide  information  about  transactions  posted  to  the  cash  account  and  condensed  in  the  general 
ledger.  A  running  head  reads  "Compte  de  Caisse”  and  indicates  the  month  documented  below. 
The  entries  are  written  in  French,  and  the  amounts  are  calculated  in  French  francs. 

Cash  Book  #3  (1913-1914) 

This  cash  book  covers  the  period  February  1913-July  1914.  Chronological  entries  provide 
information  about  transactions  posted  to  the  cash  account  and  condensed  in  the  general  ledger. 
A  running  head  reads  "Compte  de  Caisse”  and  indicates  the  month  documented  below.  The 
entries  are  written  in  French,  and  the  amounts  are  calculated  in  French  francs. 

Compagnie  Frangaise  du  Phonographe  Edison  Records 
Corporate  Records  (1904-1924) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  the 
business  and  legal  affairs  of  the  Compagnie  Frangaise  du  Phonographe 
Edison.  Included  are  items  pertaining  to  the  organization  of  the  company  in 
1904,  its  leadership  and  facilities,  and  its  dissolution  in  1924.  There  are  also 
partial  corporate  minutes;  letters  concerning  a  musical  copyright  agreement 
executed  in  1905;  a  dealer’s  price  contract  from  1908;  and  a  series  of  letters 
from  1909-1910  between  Frank  L.  Dyer,  president  of  the  National  Phonograph 
Co.,  and  Thomas  Graf,  managing  director  of  the  National  Phonograph  Co., 
Ltd.,  in  which  Edison's  plans  for  the  French  business  are  discussed.  Other 
correspondents  include  William  E.  Gilmore,  president  and  general  manager  of 
the  National  Phonograph  Co.  until  1908;  John  R.  Schermerhorn,  assistant 
general  manager  of  the  National  Phonograph  Co.,  Ltd.;  James  H.  White, 
president  of  the  Compagnie  Frangaisedu  Phonographe  Edison  and  managing 
director  of  the  National  Phonograph  Co.,  Ltd.,  until  1906;  and  patent  agents 
Brandon  Brothers  in  Paris  and  George  Croyden  Marks  in  London. 

Approximately  20  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
unselected  items  include  monthly  sales  reports  and  evaluations  of  musical 
recordings;  documents  pertaining  to  the  musical  copyright  agreement 
negotiated  with  Lucien  Vives  of  the  Agencie  Generale  d'Edition 
Phonographique  and  to  other  matters  of  French  musical  copyright;  and 
correspondence  regarding  the  flight  of  managing  director  Maurice  Lehmann  to 
Germany  at  the  outbreak  of  World  War  I.  Also  not  selected  are  routine 
statements  of  account;  proxies  and  stock  transfers;  letters  of  transmittal  and 
acknowledgment;  and  documents  that  duplicate  information  in  selected  items. 
Related  material  can  be  found  in  the  National  Phonograph  Company  Records 
(Company  Records  Series). 

Brandon  Brothers 

&  SsjrJ  July  5,1904 

W.B-.Crilmoi  . - - - . 

i  >  C/o^rational  Phmf^r'aiiliCiSlBFIC  -. 

"" ‘  IE ,  pjTlsEj EIV.ED 

JULIA  1804 


s®w  liave  the  pleasure  of  sending  you  herewith 
5  articles  of  Association  we  propose  for  the  French 
t^fch  you  intend  forming.  We  have  not  translated  this 
fto  English  as  we  understand  you  have,  in  Orange  a 
capable  translator  from  the  French. 

At  the  outset,  we  had  requested  our  French  Notaire  to 
make  a  draft  of  the  Articles  of  Association, in  view  of  the  fact 
that  this  work  is  part  of  his  attributions, hut  his  draft  was 
so  long  and  complicated, and  seemed  to  us  so  unsuited  to  the 
present  case, that  we  found  it  advisable  to  prepare  a  completely 
new  one.  We  send  you  the  Notaire’s  draft  herewith;  it  is  the 
one  which  is  hand  written.  It  would  have  been  perfect  in  the 
case  of  a  large  Company  having  many  shareholders ,  but  in  your 
case  it  would  go  beyond  the  mark  and  would  entail  needless  for¬ 

The  draft  we  propose  has  been  prepared  by  ourselves  and  a 
barrister  who  has  great  experience  on  the  subject.  The  articles 
have  been  drawn  up  as  simply  as  possible.  It  leaves  you  great 
liberty  and  only  necessitates  the  minimum  amount  of  formalities. 



W.E. Gilmore  Esq.  ,  _g_ 

We  call  your  attention  to  the  following :- 
Art.l.  The  duration  of  30  years  is  singly  indicative 
.  and  can  naturally  he  modified.  In  view  of  the  fact  that  the 
General  Meeting,  according  to  Art. 8,  may  dissolve  the  Compary , 
we  thought  it  best  to  make  it  of  long  duration.  We  also  inclu¬ 
ded  manufacture  as  one  of  the  possible  objects  of  the  Company 
as,  you  may ,  later  on,  wish  to  entrust  the  manufacture  to  the 

Art. 6.  In  order  to  avoid  having  to  notify  shareholders 
of  the  dates  of  General  Meetings  we  have  fixed  the  dates  before¬ 
hand,  but  it  is  possible,  if  you  wish  it,  to  say  that  the 
General  Meetings  will  take  place  during  the  first  quarter  or 
half  year.  In  such  case,  however,  it  would  be  necessary  to 
send  timely  notices  to  the  shareholders  and  the  time  would  have 
to  be  indicated  in  the  Articles  of  Association. 

Art. 4  &  9.  We  have  loft  it  to  the  General  Meeting  to 
decide  upon  the  remuneration  of  the  Directors, in  view  of  the 
fact  that  it  is  not  your  intention  that  the  Company  should  make 
large  profits. 

It  will  also  be  advisable  for  you  to  let  ub  have  a 
declaration,  (it  may  be  in  English)  from  Mr  .Edison  in  which  he 
agrees  to  the  formation  of  the  French  Company,  and. to  the  use  of 
his  name  in  its  title.  The  following  form  would  be  suitable : - 

1,  THOMAS  ADVA  EDISON,  hereby  authorize  the  formation 
according  to  Mr. W.E. Gilmore* s  instructions  of  a  French  Company 

W.E. Gilmore  Esq., 



under  the  title  of  "CQMPAGNIE  FRAH<JAISE  DES  PH03J0GRAPHES 
EDIS01T" . 

Orange  . 

Will  you  kindly  examine  the  drafts  we  send  you  and  favour 
with  any  observations  you  may  have  to  make. 

We  remain, 

yours  truly , 


•  m 


Srandon  Ereres, 

59  Rue  ae  Provence, 


Patents  for  Inventions. 

Article  1. 

It  is  formed  for  a  period  of  30  years,  under  the  title  of 
"Compagnle  Erancaise  deB  Phonographes  Edison"  (Edison  French  Phono¬ 
graph  Co.),  a  stock  company,  which  will  have  for  its  principal 
object  the  sale,  purchase  and  rent  of  Phonographs  and  Phonograph 
Records,  as  well  as  all  other  apparatus  etc.  used  to  record  and 
reproduce  sounds,  eventually  the  manufacture  of  Phonographs,  Records 
and  Supplies,  and  all  commercial  and  industrial  businesses 
connected  therewith. 

The  capital.  Stock; is  fixed  at  100,000  francs,  divided 
into  200  shares  of  500  francs  each. 

The  office  of  the  company  is  in  Paris,  # _ ,  _  Street 

Article  2. 

The  200  shares  forming  the  capital  stock  should  be 
subscribed  for  and  at  least  l/4  paid  in,  before  the  formation 
of  the  company. 

The  shares  are  nominative. 

Transfers  can  be  made  only  under  conditions  as  fixed 
by  the  management  of  the  company. 

•  Article  3 

The  company  is  controlled  by  a' single’ Director,. 'or  by  a 
body  composed  of  three  members,  whichever  the  majority  of  the 
shareholders  shall  think  best. 

If  the  company  decides  to  elect  one  Director  only,  they 
should  also  choose  an  assistant  Director,  to  succeed  him  in  case  of 
death,  resignation  or  obstacle. 

Each  Director  should  be  elected  for  6  consecutive  years, 
and  ought  to  own  at  least  two  shares. 

In  case  a  Board  of  Directors  1b  elected,  its  movements 
will  be  governed  by  the  following: 


1  ® 


In  case  of  a  vacancy  in  said  Board  of  Directors,  the 
remaining  two  will  have  authority  to  elect  a  third  to  fill  the 
unexpired  tern  of  the  absents,  if  they  do  not  care  to  operate  until 
the  next  general  meeting  with  two  members  only. 

If  the  Board  of  Directors  should  be  reduced  to  one,  he 
can,  until  the  next  general  meeting,  be  sole  Director  of  the 
business  of  the  company,  or  el&e  choose  one  or  two  other  Directors. 

The  Directors  appointed  under  the  conditions  set  forth 
in  the  two  preceding  paragraphs,  could  hold  office  only  irntil  the 
next  general  meeting,  and  at  that  meeting  the  members  could  either 
retain  or  replace  the  Directors  thus  appointed. 

The  Board  of  Directors  has  full  authority  as  to  the  time 
and  place  of  Meetings,  the  conditions  of  voting,  reports  of 
meetings,  as  well  as  everything  connected  with  its  private  business. 

The  vote  of  two  at  least  of  its  members  is  necessary  in 
order  to  pass  a  resolution. 

Resolutions  are  carried  by  the  majority  of  the  members 


Copies  of  resolutions  of  the  Board  of  Directors,  as  well 
as  those  of  the  General  Meeting,  should  be  certified  by  a  Director. 

Article  4 

The  Director,  or  the  Board  of  Directors,  if  appointed, 
has  full  power  of  administration.  He  can  buy,  sell,  exchange 
all  property,  furniture,  and  fixtures,  affect  or  cancel  all  leases, 
sales,  agreements  of  all  hinds,  even  for  a  term  exceeding  his  power. 

He  can  contract  all  debts  and  receive  all  monies  due  the 
company;  can  draw,  sign,  pay  or  endorse  all  business  papers  and 
checks,  as  well  as  all  receipts,  vouchers,  bonds  and  orders  on  all 
public  or  private  banks. 

He  will  litigate,  compromise,  etc.  all  surrenders  and 
agreements, give: .and  sign  all  payments  of  mortgages,  privileges  and 
void  shares,  all  seizures, .  etc.,  with  or  without  payment. 

He  can  decide  the  change  of  the  office,  but  only  to 
another  place  in  the  district  of  the  Seine. 


The  Director  or  Board  of  Directors,  will  receive  a  salary 
tii  he  fixed  by  the  general  meeting  of  shareholders,  of  a  fixed  sum 
or  proportionally  in  the  participation  of  the  profits  of  the 
company,  or  both,  without  regard  to  his  individual  share  as  a 
stockholder,  spolcen  of  hereafter. 

The  Board  of  Directors  can  give  all  or  part  of  its 
power  to  one  or  many  of  its  members.  It  can  also  substitute  one 
or  many  Directors,  even  outside  from  the  Company. 

It  will  determine  as  it  thinks  best,  the  privileges  of 
these  delegates^  Directors,  as  well  as  the  salary  attached  to  their 
positions.  These  salaries  can  consist  in  whole  or  in  part  of  a 
percentage  of  the  profits,  or  even  of  the  business  done  by  the 

The  Director  can  elect  one  or  many  Directors,  even 
outsiders  from  the  company,  whose  salary  he  will  fix  as  per 
preceding  paragraph  . 

Article  5 

Bach  year  the  General  Meeting  will  appoint  a  Manager 
of  Accounts,  and  an  assistant  Manager  to  succeed  hi#  in  case  of 
death  or  obstacle.  The  Meeting  which  appoints  them  will  fix  their 

Article  6 

Each  year  there  will  be  a  general  meeting  of  shareholders, 

at  the  company  office,  the  first  Monday  of  the  month  of  _  at 

2  o'clock,  to  pass  on  accounts  and  all  other  business  submitted  to 
them  by  the  Director  or  Board  of  Directors. 

Besides  this  general  meeting,  alMeeting  can  be  called  by 
the  Director  or  Board  of  Directors,  whenever  he  thinks  necessary. 

In  this  case,  notice  should  be  given  by  letter  mailed  8 
days  in  advance  to  each  shareholder,  to  the  address  given  on  the 
books  of  the  company. 

"The  Order '-'of  the  Day  "for  General  Meeting  is  fixed  by  the  Director 
or  board  of  Directors.  This  should  be  held  at  the  company's  office 
5  days  prior  to  the  Meeting. 



Article  7. 

Each  shareholder  has  the  right  to  personally  attend 

all  meetings. 

or  representation 

Power  can  he  given  to  a  third  ,  not  shareholders.  French 
companies,  or  foreign  companies,  minors,  etc.  can  he  represented 
hy  their  legal  representatives,  married  women  hy  their  husbands, 

Each  shareholder  has  a  voice  thorugJi  the  share  he  holds 
or  represents. 

Resolutions  are  passed  by  the  majority  of  the  sliarehold- 
ers  find  representativeswho  take  part  in  the  vote. 

The  Meetings  are  presided  over  hy  the  Director,  or  hy 
a  member  of  the  Board  of  Directors,  appointed  hy  the  said  Board  of 

The  meeting  will  decide,  as  it  sees  fit,  as  to  Whom 
its  staff  will  he  composed  of. 

The  minutes  of  the  meetings  and  resolutions  will  he 
entered  on  the  hooks  of  the  company,  and  signed  hy  the  members. 

The  Meeting  can  only  pass  on  matters  brought  up  at 
their  "order  of  the  day"  . 

Article  8. 

The  General  Meeting,  has  power  to  make  all  necessary 
decisions,  and  make  any  changes  in  the  present  statutes,  provided 
agreed  to  hy  the  number  of  shareholders  required  hy  law. 

For  instance,  the  General  Meeting  has  power  to  tranfer' 
the  company's  office  to  wherever  it  thinks  best,  continue  the 
business  of  the  company  or  terminate  same,  submerge  it  in  other 
companies,  or  join  them;  reduce  the  capital  stock,  increase  the 
capital  stock  by  increasing  the  number  of  shares  or  value  of  each, 
determine  the  conditions  under  which  said  shares  will  he  issued; 
determine  all  improvements,  provisions  and  reserves  ordinary  and 
extraordinary,  modify  the  cutting  of  the  shares;  authorize  the 
issuing  of  shares  and  cancellation  of  shares  under  conditions  other 
than  those  set  forth  in  Article  2  above.  Increase,  modify  or 




restrict  the  power  of  the  Director  or  Board  of  Directors. 

Article  9 

The  work  of  the  company  will  begin  January  1st  and  end 
December  31st  of  each  year. 

The  profits  for  each  year  will  be  distributed  sb  follows: 

1st,  5 fa  legal  reserve. 

2nd.  95/o  to  be  divided  equally  between  the  200  share¬ 
holders,  less  the  amount  which  the  General  Assembly  will  deem 
proper  to  pay  to  the  Director  or  Board:.of  Directors,  which  amount 
will  be  deducted  from  this  said  95^  profits. 

Article  10. 

At  the  time  of  the  dissolution  of  said  company,  the 
General  Meeting  will  appoint  one  or  a  inumber  of  Receivers  and  fix 
their  duties. 

It  can  assign  whatever  power  it  possesses  by  virtue  of 
Article  8  above,  and  continue  operations  during  the  entire  term 
of  liquidation. 

The  residue  remaining  after  payment  of  all  liabilities, 
will  be  divided  among  the  shareholders. 


1.  Notwithstanding,  artidie  9  above,  the  first  fiscal  year  will 
cover  the  time  successing  the  formation  of  the  Company  until 
Dec.  31,  1905. 

II  Notwithstanding  Article  6,  the  Meetings  can  be  called  by 
individual  notices  addressed  to  all  subscribers,  mailed  24  hours 
in  advance. 

III  In  addition  to  this  General  Meeting,  the  Director, 
or  Board  of  Directors  has  power  to  call  a  special  Meeting  to  pass 
on  all  matters  which  said  Director  or  Board  of  Directors  may  have 
to  submit  to  said  Meeting. 

IV  .  The  members  of  the  Meeting  can  modify  the  statutes 
as  they  think  best,  provided  they  do  not  outstep  the  limits  set 
forth  in  Article  8. 




-  V.  Power  can  be  given  to  a  shareholder  to  negotiate 

his  stock,  whereever  he  may  care  to,  under  the  rules  of  the 

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&*-o , 

W.  E.  Gilmore,  Esq., 

National  Phonograph  Co., 
Orange,  u.  J. 

Dear  Sir:- 

s*T'  'tjnntto# 

August  28,1904 

Regarding  the  attached  letter  from  Messrs.  Brandon 
Bros,  with  accompanying  draft  of  the  article  of  association  for 
the  proposed  Erench  Company,  I  prepared  a  general  resume  of  the  prin- 
cipal  provisions,  together  with  some  points  which  I  thought  should 
he  discussed,  and  then  went  over  the  matter  with  Mr.  Edison. 

The  principal  thing  that  Icriti'se  about  the  pro¬ 
posed  scheme  is  the  practically  absolute  power  given  to  the  direc¬ 
tors.  Although  their  salary  is  fixed,  it  is  possible  for  them  to 
appoint  any  number  of  co-directors  and  to  fix  the  salary  of  the 
latter.  Furthermore,  since  there  is  no  provision  that  a  definite 
proportion  of  stock  should  be  represented  at;  any  special  meeting  of 
the  stockholders ,  it  would  be  possible  for  the  directors  to  call 
a  special  meeting  on  24  hours  notice  and,  as  the  only  stockholders 
present,  make  any  change  whatever  in  the  articles  of  incorporation 
if  within  the  scope  of  Article  8. 

Finally,  1  do  not  think  the  directors  should  have  the 
power  to  make  agreements  extending  indefinitely  and  to  thereby  bind 



W.  E.  Gilmore,  Esq...  2 

the  Company, end  their  powers  in  this  respect  should  he  limited 
to  agreements  extending,  say  for  one  year.  Mr.  Edison  agrees 
generally  with  me  that  the  articles. of  incorporation  ought  to  he 
comprehensive  enough  to  fully  define  the  .duties  and  powers  of 
the  directors  with  their  salaries,  and  that  no  changes  should  he 
allowed  except  with  the  approval  of  a  majority  of  all  the  stock¬ 

Yours  very  truly, 



The  scheme  contemplates  the  formation  of  a  stock  company 
under  the  French  laws  capitalized  at  $20,000  (100,000  francs)  di¬ 
vided  into  200  shares  of  $100.  each  (500  francs),  at  least  one- 
quarter  of  the  capital  being  paid  in.  The  control  is  in  the  hands 
of  a  single  director  or  of  three  directors  as  the  majority  of  the 
stockholders  may  decide,  each  director  being  elected  for  six 
years  and  owning  at  least  two  shares.  In  case  a  Board  of  Direc- 
tprs  is  decided  upon,  vacancies  therein  may  be  filled  by  the  re¬ 
maining  director  or  directors  at  his  or  their  option.  The  di¬ 
rector,  or  Board,  as  the  case  may  be,  is  vested  with  abolute  con¬ 
trol  (see  article  4).  The  salary  of  the  director  or  directors 
is  fixed  at  the  general  meeting  of  the  stockholders.  The  Board, 
if  selected,  is  authorized  to  increase  its  membership  even  from 
non-shareholders,  and  to  fix  the  salary  received  by  such  additional 
directors.  If  one  director  is  elected  instead  of  a  Board,  he  can 
elect  others  and  fix  their  salary.  A  Manager  of  Accounts  and 
assistant  Manager  are  contemplated,  with  salaries  fixed  by  stock¬ 
holders  (article  5)  Annual  meetings  of  stockholders  are  contem¬ 
plated  and  special  meetings  can  be  held  at  the  discretion  of  the 
director  or  directors  on  24  hours  notice.  Resolutions  are  carried 

■by  a  majority  vote  of  the  stock  represented  at  any  meeting  annual, 
or  special.  The  authority  of  the  stockholders  at  general  or 
special  meetings  is  defined  in  article  8.  The  distribution  of 
profits  is  defined  in  article  9. 

Under  section  4  of  the  "Transitory  Provisions",  the  stock¬ 
holders  present  or  represented  in  annual  or  special  meetings  are 
authorized  to  modify  the  articles  of  incorporation  within  the 
general  powers  defined  in  article  8. 


Is  it  desirable  to  permit  the  director  or  directors  to 
make  agreements  extending  indefinitely?  (Article  4) 

I  suggest  that  the  authority  of  the  director  in  this  re¬ 
spect  be  limited  to  the  making  of  agreements  not  extending  more 
than  one  year,  unless  specifically  authorized  to  do  so  by  a  vote 
of  the  stockholders. 

Does  it  not  put  too  much  power  in  the  hands  of  a  single 
director  to  allow  him  to  appoint  assistant  directors  whose  salary 
he  shall  fix  himself? 

Suppose  the  director  should  be  dishonest,  then  under  sectioi 
4  of  the  "Transitory  Provisions",  he  could  call  a  special  meeting 
of  the  stockholders  24  hours  later  and  could  then  vote  for  a  change 
in  the  articles  of  incorporation,  by  .which  his  salary  would  be  in¬ 
creased  or  somecther  obvious  personal  advantage  secured.  My  idea 
is  that  the  articles  of  incorporation  ought  to  define  the  powers 

and  privileges  of  the  director  or  directors  comprehensively  enough 
as  to  permit  the  business  to  be  carried  on  properly,  but  that  their 
modification  ought  to  be  made  more  technical  and  difficult  than  is 
now  contemplated.  I  think  also  that  no  general  or  special  meet¬ 
ing  of  the  stockholders  should  be  authorized  to  transact  business 
unlesshalf  of  the  entire  stock  was  represented  eitherP®rsonally 
or  by  proxy. 

August  25/04. 





,  y}1'  j/  25  Clerkenwell  Road, 

t\  Aj  B  .yd'ilmore  ,  Esq. , 

| \Jy  v  '  /  Orange,  Hew  Jersey. 

DEO  Z  vm  \ 

Enclosed  herewith  you  will  find  a  letter  dated  at  Paris 
November  19th  addressed  to  yourself,  also  translation  of  same  in 
English  together  with  copy  of  the  Articles  of  Association  adopted 
*oy  the  stock -holders  of  the  French  Company  dated  October  10th,  1904. 
I  also  enclose  you  herewith  a  copy  of  the  Minutes  of  the  first  Board 
Meeting  of  the  French  Company  held  at  Paris,  which  meeting  I  went  to 
Paris  specially  to  attend.  Of  course  you  will  understand  that  these 
matters  are  largely  of  a  formal  nature,  but  it  is  necessary  to 
actually  hold  the  meetings  in  order  to  comply  with  all  the  French 
law.  Mr.  Marks  did  not  attend  the  Board  Meeting  on  the  19th 

instant  personally  s 

tot  necessary  that  he  should 

go  over.  The  signing  of  the  Minutes  of  the  Meeting  was  all  that  was 
necessary.  The  Board  was  composed  of  Mr.  Kaltenecker  and  myself. 

My  letter  to  you  dated  at  Paris  November  19th,  wa3  written  to  you 
from  that  office  so  a3  to  get  a  record  of  the  fact  that  you,  as  a 
Director,  had  been  advised  as  to  what  transpired  at  the  Meeting. 

Regarding  the  shares  held  by  the  various  stock-holders  I  will 
say  we  are  arranging  so  that  blank  transfers  of  these  shares  will 


:  '  Atlmif  TMgmpMy,' :  "™a°C  _  Tiliphone  !  277-80 

ED1PH0N-PARI8  C^momod  (X  cdvswu 

Gompagme  franeaise  da  Phonogmphe  Edison 


Monsieur  HT.  E.  Gilmore, 

President ,Uational  Phonograph  Co. , 
Orange.  N.J.  TJ.S.A. 

J’ai  l’honneur  de  vous  remettre  ci-jointe  oopie  du 
proces-verbal  de  la  seance  the  coneeil  de  la  Cie  PrangaiBe  du 
Phonographs  "Edison" ,tenue  dans  le  bureau  de  la  susdite  Compagnie 
aujourd’hui,  par  lequel  vous  voudrez  bien  noter  que  les  articles 
dissociation  adoptes  par  la  premiere  Assembles  Generals  des 
Actionnaires  ont  ete  approuvee,  et  que  Mr. J.^I.Kaltenecker  a  ete 
invest!  des  pouvoirs  necessaires  corame  Directeur. 

Agreez, Monsieur,  mes  salutations  bien  distinguaes. 

Cie  Prangaise  du  Phonographe  "Edison" 

£».S»,  .  Oe  vous  remets  oi-jointe  egalement  copie  desuarticles  d’asso 
elation  adoptes  par  la  premiere  assembles  generale  des  actionnaire 
tenue  a  Paris  en  date  du  15  Octobre  1904. 

3  incluaes 




Paris,  Nov.  19th,  1904. 

Mr.  W.E. Gilmore,  President, 

National  Phonograph  Co., 

Orange,  N.J.,  U.  S.  A. 


I  have  the  honour  to  enclose  you  herewith  copy  of  the  verbal-pro- 
cess  of  the  meeting  of  the  council  of  the  Co.  Prancaise  du  Phonographs 
"Edison",  held  in  the  office  of  the  said  Company  today,  hy  which  you 
will  note  that  the  articles  of  the  Association  adopted  hy  the  first 
general  meeting  of  the  Actionaries  have  been  approved,  and  that  Mr. 

J.  L.  Kaltenecker  has  hecn  invested  with  the  necessary  power  as  Director 
Yours  very  truly, 

'  Co.  Pranciase  du  Phoj  ographe  "Edison" 


P.S.  I  also  enclose  you  herewith  copy  of  the  articles  of  the  Association 
adopted  at  the  first  meeting  of  the  Shareholders  held  at  Paris  on 
October  15th,  1904. 



10th  October  1904,  Parle , Rue  du  4  Septembre ,31. 

The  Shareholdere  of  the  Anonymous  Society  eayi 
Compagnie  Pranqaise  du  Phonographe  “Edison"  was  formed  with  a  capital  of 
100.000  francs,  devlded  in  200  shares  of  500  francB  each. 

They  meet  together  to  form  a  General  Constitutive  Assembly. 

A  paper  is  drawn  up  in  the  presence  of  them  all  which  is  signed  by 
all  the  subscribers  of  the  said  Society  or  their  representatives 
present  at  the  Assembly. 

The  Assembly  proceeds  with  the  constitution  of  the  Committe. 

Mr.Kaltenecker  is  nominated  President. 

Messrs  Raphael  Hunter  BRAHDON  and  Paul  Plicoteaux  are  named  as 
scrutinizers.and  Mr. Douglas  Horace  Brandon  is  nominated  as  Secretary. 

The  Committe  thus  formed,  the  President  states  that  it  is 
established  by  the  documents  drawn  up  that  all  the  Shareholder  Subs¬ 
cribers  are  present  o t  represented,  and  declares  each  Shareholder  will 
take  part  in  the  deliberations  of  the  present  Assembly  Constitutive 
with  the  number  of  votes  determined  by  the  Statutes, but  that  they  must 
be  more  than  10  conformably'  to  the  law.  The  document  signed  by  the 
members  of  the  Committee  will  be  annexed  to  the  present  verbal  process. 

The  Assembly  representing  the  entire  capital  is  declared  consti¬ 

The  President  puts  before  the  members  of  the  assembly: 

1.  One  of  the  original  Statutes  of  the  Anonymous  Society  says: 

Cie  Prancaise  du  Phonographe  Edison  was  established  by  a  deed  under  pri¬ 
vate  signature  dated  at  Paris, the  24th  September  1904, of  Mr. James  Henry 
White,  fundholder ,  living  in  London,  at  the  Russell  Hotel, Russell 



The  despatching  of  a  deed  received  by  Mr.Aubrdn,  notary  at  Paris, 
the  24th  of  September  1904,  containing  the  declaration  by  Mr.White .Pounds: 
of  the  Society  in  formation,  that  the  Capital  of  100.000  Prance .amount 
of  the  200  shares, has  been  entirely  subscribed,  and  that  each  subscriber 
has  deposited,  conformably  to  the  statutes,  a  sum  equal  to  l/4  of 
the  amount  of  the  shares  subscribed. by  him, making  a  total  of  25.000 
francs  which  are  in  the  hands  of  Mr.Yftite  to  which  deed  is  fixed 
according  to  the  law,  the  list  of  the  subscribers  of  the  said  shares 
with  the  condition  of  the.  deposits  effected  by  each  of  them. 

ORDER  OP  THE  DAY,  The  President  declares  that  the  Assembly  is  formed 
according  to  law, in  effect  that: 

1.  By  recognition  of  the  sincerety  of  the  declaration  of  the  nota¬ 
ry  of  the  subscription  of  the  Capital  and  of  the  deposits  of  l/4  of  all 
the  subscribed  shares. 

The  President  gives  at  this  point  a  reading  to  the  assembly  of  the 
deed  of  declaration  of  subscription  and  of  deposits, and  of  the  list 
annexed  to  it. 

2.  By  naming  the  first  administrators. 

3.  By  naming  the  Commissioners. 

Several  observations  are  exanged  by  various  members  of  the 

When  there  is  silence, the  President  puts  successively  to  the  vote 
the  following  resolutions: 

BECLARATIOn  OB  SINCERETY.  1st  Resolution  The  General  Assembly  having 
duly  noted  it .recognize  sincerely  and  truly  the  declaration  of  subscrip¬ 
tion  and  deposit  made  by  the  founder  of  the.Cie  Prangaise  du  Bhonographe 
?Edi son" .following  tte  deed  received  by  Mr.Aubron,  Rotary  at  Paris, the  25c 
24th  September  1904, as  well  as  the  documents  in  support  of  this 



. .  This  resolution  is  adopted  unanimously. 

NOMINATION  OF  THE  ADMINISTRATORS.  2nd-Re solution.  The  General 
Assembly  nominates  the  first  Administrators  for  six  years  in  the  terms 
of  the  Statutes: 

(1)  Mr.  James  Henry  White,  Fundholder  .Hotel  Russell  ,RuBsell  Sqr 

(2)  MT.  George  Croydon  Marks ,Engeneer ,18, Southampton  Bldgs, 

London  W.C, 

(3)  Mr. Joseph  Laurent  Marie  Kaltenecker ,  Fundholder,  12, Rue 
$esrenaudes,  Paris. 

This  resolution  is  adopted  unanimously. 

The  duties  of  Administrators  are  accepted; 

1.  In  the  name  of  Mr.Wfrite  by  Mr.Kaltenecker ,his  proxy, in  virtue 
of  a  power  given  him  at  London, under  date  of  24th  September ,1904, 
registered  at  Paris, 2nd  Bureau, the  7th  October  following, No.  1802. 

2.  In  the  name  of  Mr. Marks  by  Mr. Douglas  Horace  Brandon, his  proxy, 
in  virtue  of  a  power  of  attorney  dated  at  London, the  21st  of  September 
1904 Registered  at  Paris, 2nd  Bureau, the  2nd  of  August  following  No. 1802. 

3.  By  Mr.Kaltenecker  in  his  own  name. 

OT  .THE  COMMISSIONERS.  3rd  Resolution.  The  General  Assembly 
name  Mr. Alphonse  Westee  .living  at  Orange  ,N.  J.U.S. A.  as  comnissioner ,to 
make  a  report  to  the  General  Assembly  of  the  accounts  of  the  first 
social  exercise, and  on  the  situation  of  the  Society  .according  to  the 
law.  Mr.Kaltenecker  declares  to  the  Committee  the  acceptance  (f  Mr.Wes- 

(4) _Approval  of  the  Statutes.  4th  Resolution.  The  General  Assembly 
approve  the  Statutes  of  the  Cie  Pran?alse  du  Phonographs  "Edison"  such 

as  are  established  in  the  deed  under  private  signature  the  24th  of  Septem 
ber  1904, above  mentioned,  and  declare  the  Society  definitely  constituted. 

This  resolution  is  accepted  unanimously. 



AELOBANCE  TO  THE  COUNCIL.  5th  Resolution.  The  General  Assembly 
allow  to  the  Council  a  remuneration  of  9000  francs  a  year, which  he 
will  devide  among  the  members  as  will  appear  most  convenient. 

This  resolution  is  adopted  unanimously. 

AXLOTOITCE  TO  THE  COMMISSIONER.  6th  Resolution  The  General  Assembly 
fix  the  emoluments  of  the  Commissioner  at  2500  francs  a  year  according  to 
Art. 5  of  the  Statutes. 

This  resolution  is  adopted  unanimously. 

All  the  above  have  been  drawn  tip  at  the  present  verbal -process. 

The  President  The  Scrutineers  The  Secretary 




There  aro  present:  Hessrs  J. H.  WHITE  ,0.  CHOYDO;,  HAiilvS , J.L.ICAI.TEIIECKER 
JI9I.rcMATIQH  OP  T?iE  CirAIRHAN.  Tho  33oard  proceeds  with  the  constitution  of  its 
Office  and  appoints  Hr.  J.H.VMtc  as  its  chairman.  Hr.  V/hite ,who  ]ias 
not  aken  part  in  the  vote,  declares  to  accept  this  Offico  and 
thanks  hi3  colleagues  for  this  token  of  confidence. 

NghlifATIOIT  OP  TIE  HAN APING  DIRECTOR.  T!ie  Board  then  proceeds  with  tho  election 
of  the  ’Managing  Director  and  proposes  to  put  "r.Ealtenocker  in 
charge  of  this.  i.Tr.ICaltenocker  ,who  also  abstains  from  tho  vote 
thanks  his  colleagues  to  have  entrusted  him  with  this  Office. The 
3>oard  gives  Er.Kdltenocker  powers  in  accordance  with  article  4  of 
tho  Company’s  articles  of  association; 

T:  sign  or  withdraw  any  lease .dealing  agreement , or  generally 
speaking  any  commercial  convention, to  receive  any  amount  due  to  the 
Company,  to  make, sign,  receipt,  endorse' any  commercial  paper  or 
cheque,  and  to  also  sign  in  general  receipts,  post  office  orders, 
or  any/order  payable  by  any  private  association, bank  or  government 

jCTOIHTtJENT  OP  A  SECRETARY  TO  THE  BOARD.  Hr.  Kaltenccker  shall  be  the  Secreta¬ 
ry'  of  the  board  which  function  he  declares  to  accept. 

CHOICE  OEjnrg  BANKER^  The  Board  of  Director  decided  to  take  as  tlio  Company’s 
Banker  the  Credit  Lyonnais  of  Paris. 

ACCOJ^^ ”/T TH  THE  HATIOHAL  PHONOGRAPH  CO.  The  Chairman  informs 
the  Board  that  the  national  Phonograph  Co.  owns  in  Prance  a  stock 
of  goods, and  proposes  to  take  all  this  merchandise  over  on  our 
account, and  to  reimburse  the  National  Phonograph  Co.  all  expenses 
incurred  in  connection  with  the  carrying  of  the  stock  in  Prance. 



Tlic  Hoard  also  decider,  that  thin  Company  would  take  over  from 
"r.  Kaltcnockor  the  leaser,  which  ho  has  signed  at  31 ,  Hue  du  Quatre 
Sent ombre  and  at  15,  Hue  Sana sier -Leroy $  the  former  premises  being 
used  as  offices,  the  latter  as  warehouse.  An  account  of  all  the 
above  oxpoaaea  will  he  rendered  to  our  Company,  and  the  hoard  asks 
its  managing  Director  to  examine  and  approve  this  acoount.Hr.Kal- 
t miocker  will  do  the  necessary  with  regard  to  tno  transfer  of  the 
above  mentioned  leases,  as  well  as  with  regard  to  the  transfer 
of  all  insurance  policies, and  other  acts  signed  hy  him  in  hi:;  name, 
hut  for  the  account  of  the  national  Phonograph  Co.  The  Drench 
Company  will  also  take  over  the  subscription  to  the  Telephone  at 
the  Hue  du  4  Sept  ombre  and  at  the  Hue  Saussicr-Leroy ,  as  well  as 
0-, her  similar  documents  signed  by  ITr.ICaltenecker ,  such  as  regis¬ 
tration  of  the  telegraphic  address  etc. etc. 

TO  KB  10UKS  V/IE7  SHE  OOHBHS  .  J  „ 

_ OP  T;?H  RIGHTS  Ilf  OUR  TEidilTOiar.  -  b-.icaitoiiockor  imonao  the 

1  hoard  of  the  necessity  that  our  Company  .Should  make  a  contract 
with  the  present  owners  of  the  rig} its  to  sell, exploit  and  manufac¬ 
ture  the  ildison  Phonograph  and  accessories, as  well  as  ary  material 
which  is  .  entloned  in  the  articles  of  association  saa  forming  the 
object  of  the  Companie  pranc-aioe  du  Phonographs  "Hdlson".The  board 
asks  its  chairman  to  attend  to  this  and  to  make  his  report  at  trie 
next  Board  Meeting. 

B;;iT  0?  THH  STAMP. T!;e  Board  decides  that  the  appointment  of  employees 
should,  be  ratified  by  the  Board  upon  trie  proposition  of  its  Mdnagin 
Director.  The  Board  approves  tiie  engagements  Jsiado  by  hr . Kal ten acker 
so  far,  via. 




French  Agreement. 

March  2,1905. 

G.  Croydon  Marks,  Esq., 

18  Southampton  Bldgs., 

Chancery  Lane,  London, 
England . 

Dear  Mr.  Marks 

Your  favors  of  the  11th  and  15th  ults.  have 
heeh  duly  received,  enclosing  translation  of  the  recent  decision 
of  the  Paris  Appeal  Court  in  the  matter  of  French  Copyrights, 
extraots  from  the  arguments  of  the  Prosecuting  Counsel  and  trans¬ 

lation  of  the  agreement  between  M.  Viva a  acting  on  behalf  of  the 
French  Editors,  and  Mr.  Khltenecker  aoting  on  behalf  of  La  Com- 
pagnie  du  Phonographe  Edison.  Mr.  Gilmore  has  also  referred  to 
me  your  letter  to  him  of  the  11th  ult.  regarding  this  matter. 

As  to  the  effeot  of  the  decision,  1  agree  with  you 
that  it  applies  only  to  the  literary  part  of  the  copyright,  as 
distinguished  from  the  musical  part  thereof.  ThiB  being  so,  there 
would  be  no  infringement  in  performing  instrumentally  the  soore 
of  a  copyrighted  opera  or  any  other  copyrighted  air,  even  in  the 
case  of  a  song  accompanied  by  words.  Infringement  is  only  com- 

G.  Croydon  Marks ,  Esq.  -  2, 

mitted  "by  the  vocal  reproduction  of  the  copyrighted  song  where 
the  words  alBo  are  copyrighted.  In  the  case,  however,  of  a  com¬ 
poser  setting  to  music  an  uncopyrighted  poem,  for  example ,  I 
should  say  that  the  singine  of  such  a  song  would  not  be  an  in¬ 

Regarding  the  agreement  between  Mr.  Kaltenecker  and 
M.  Vlves,  I  appreciate  of  couroe  that  at  the  time  the  agreement 
was  made,  affairs  in  Paris  were  in  a  more  or  less  chaotic  condi¬ 
tion  and  we  were  not  in  a  position  to  be  very  independent.  At 
the  same  time  a  number  of  questions  have  occurred  to  me,  which 
you  have  no  doubt  considered  and  concerning  which  1  would  like  to 
have  your  opinion. 

(1)  Mr.  Kaltenecker  recognizes  the  validity  of  French 
copyrights  as  applied  to  phonograph  records,  and  hence  would  be 
estopped  from  ever  denying  infringement  so  long  as  the  decision 
is  unreversed  or  the  law  is  not  changed.  This  of  oourBe  was 
necessary  in  view  of  the  particular  situation.  I  note,  however, 
that  the  recognition ^oknowledgmenttof  the  aff^fc^  of  the  de¬ 
cision  applies  to  all  countries  included  in  the  Berne  convention, 
which  I  understand  includes  Great  Britain,  Germany,  Belgium, 
Pranoe,  Spain,  Italy,  Switzerland,  Austria,  Hungary  and  others. 
Furthermore ,  in  Article  8,  Mr,  Kaltenecker  expressly  attributes 
Jurisdiction  to  the  French  Courts  in  the  case  of  infringements 
ooourring  in  foreign  countries.  Does  this  mean  that  if  Mr. 
Kaltenecker  should  sell  French  records  in  England,  for  example, 

G.  Croydon  Marks,  Esq.  -  3. 

a  royalty  would  have  to  be  paid,  even  if  the  English  law  did  not 
follow  the  French  decision?  I  note  that  the  agreement  in  question 
was  signed  by  Mr.  Kaltenecker  at  the  instanoe  of  Mr.  White  arrt 
yourself.  Would  the  fact  that  you  and  Mr.  White  appear  as  di¬ 
rectors  of  the  National  Phonograph  Company,  Ltd.  have  any  possi¬ 
ble  effect  on  the  English  company  so  far  aB  this  decision  is  con¬ 

(2)  Apparently  Mr.  Kaltenecker  agrees  not  to  make  arrange¬ 
ments  with  any  authors  direct,  without  the  co-operation  of  M. 
Vives.  Does  this  mean  with  authors  who  are  parties  to  the  "Agen¬ 
da  Generale" ,  or  does  it  include  all  authors  in  Prance?  Mr. 
Kaltenecker  also  agrees  (Article  2)  to  conform  in  every  respect 
to  the  contracts  between  M.  Vives  and  the  editors  "of  which  he 
(Kaltenecker)  declares  having  taken  cognizance".  What  are  these 
contracts?  Do  they  authorize  M.  Vives  to  contract  with  Mr.  Kal¬ 
tenecker?  Would  it  not  be  a  good  thing  to  have  these  contracts 
attached  to  the  agreement  between  M.  Vives  and  Mr.  Kalteneoker, 

in  order  that  there  might  be  no  question  as  to  Just  what  this  part 
of  the  agreement  means? 

(3)  Mr.  Kaltenecker  agrees  to  "Bubmit  to  all  rules  and 
complementary  measures  of  control  whatever  that  «.  Vives  may  re¬ 
quire".  I  tak8  it  for  granted  that  these  rules,  etc.,  should  be 
reasonable .  because,  otherwise  they  might  be  made  very  onerous, 
necessitating  more  clerks  and  adding  largely  to  expense. 

0.  Croydon  Marks,  Esq.  -  4. 

(4) .  Do  I  understand  that  there  shall  he  a  special  label 
for  each  particular  saltation  in  the  Editors1  "Repertoire"? 

If  so,  should  there  not  he  a  supplementary  agreement,  providing 
for  the  redemption  of  any  .labels  that  may  not  he  used,  because 
otherwise  large  numbers  of  them  might  accumulate? 

(5)  1  note  that  the  royalty  is  5  per  cent  on  the  retail 
price,  with  a  minimum  of  25  centimes  (  5  cents).  In  other  wordB, 
on  our  records  we  pay  a  royalty  of  about  twenty-five  per  cent 

on  our  selling  price,  v/hereas,  on  an  expensive  disk  record  the 
royalty  is  only  five  pan  cent.  Do  you  think  it  would  be  possible 
in  any  way  to  have  this  royalty  made  more  uniform,  as  it  seems 
to  bear  unduly  hard  on  the  cheap  record?  On  the  question  of 
royalty,  1  note  that  there  is  no  .provision  in  the  agreement  that 
in  case  better  terms  are  accorded  our  competitors,  v/e  should  also 
have  the  benefit  of  the  same.  Other  companies  nay  succeed  in 
making  arrangements  for  paying  less.  Eor  example,  if  the  Gramo¬ 
phone  Company  agreed  not  to  appeal  the  case,  the  Athhors  might 
be  only  too  glad  to  muke^bomhii special  arrangement  with  that  com¬ 
pany.  I  understand  that  at  the  time  the  agreement  was  signed 
M.  Vives  stated  verbally  that  we  would  always  get  as  favorable 
a  royalty  arrangement  as  any  of  our  competitors,  but  ought  not 
this  verbal  arrangement  be  made  the  subject  of  a  separate  agree¬ 
ment  in  writing? 

(6)  The  contract  is  personal  to  Kaltanscker,  and  the  lat¬ 
ter  cannot  assign  it  except  to  his  direct  successor  without  the 

G.  Croydon  M  Ice,  Esq.,  -  5. 

written  consent  of  IS.  Vives.  Suppose,  howerver,  that  it  becomes 
necessary  to  remove  Mr.  Kaltenecker ,  and  that  the  latter  refuses 
to  assign  the  contract  to  his  successor.  In  view  of  this  possi¬ 
bility  it  seems  to  me  that  it  should  be  understood  that  in  case 
3<r.  Kaltenecker  refuses  to  assign  the  agreement,  the  French  Com¬ 
pany  v/ould  still  be  permitted  to  make  a  new  contract  on  the  basis 
of  the  existing  contract. 

I  will  be  glad  if  you  v/ill  look  into  these  matters  • 
and  advise  me.  what  your  ideas  are  regarding  the  above  questions, 
since  being  so  far  away  from  Paris,  we  are  naturally  much  in  the 
dark  as  to  the  exact  situation. 


Yours  very  truly. 

French  Agreement. 

March  9,1905. 

0.  Croydon  Marks,  Esq., 

18  Southampton  Bldgs., 

Chancery  lane,  London, 

England . 

Dear  Mr.  Marks :- 

Mr.  Gilmore  requests  me  to  confirm  his 
cablegram  of  the  6th  inst.  as  follows :- 

"Giftedness:  (G.  Croydon  Marks) 

Understand  Authors'  royalty  reduced  to  20 
centimes.  If  modified  contract  being  made,  insert 
clause  that  our  royalty  shall  be  as  low  as  others,  con¬ 
sidering  relative  list  and  net  selling  prices.  We 
would  not  be  justified  expending  more  capital  vdiich 
would  be  Jeopardized  by  future  action  Authors,  as 
slightest  advantage  to  competitors  would  wipe  out  our 
entire  profit.  Contract  as  made  inequitable  as  against 
low  prioe  cylinder  records ,  making  further  oapital  in¬ 
vestment  unattractive.  Five  per  cent  royalty  on  com¬ 
petitor*  '  high  price  reoords,  we  paying  minimum  four 
or  five  cents,  absolutely  prohibitive.  Submit  modi¬ 
fied  contract  here  before  signing.  Edison  favors  li¬ 
quidating  French  Company  and  removing  factory.  I  do 
not  want  this,  but  fear  Article  one  contract  may  cover 
all  records. 


Both  Mr.  Gilmore  and  Mr.  Edison  feel  very  .strongly  that  the 


Ho.  2  -  G.  Croydon  Marks. 

agreement  as  signed,  puts  our  French  Company  in  a  very  danger¬ 
ous  position,  for  unless  the  royalty  which  we  pay  corresponds 
with  that  paid  hy  our  competitors,  we  might  juBt  as  well  go  out 
of  hU8iness.  They  feel  also,  that  the  agreement  1b  inequitable 
in  unfairly  discriminating  against  the  cheap  cylinder  records. 
Therefore,  if  a  modified  contract  is  being  made  to  cover  the 
reduction  to  20  centimes,  the  objectionable  features  of  the 
present  contract  should  be  modified  if  possible.  Of  course,  if 
any  new  contract  is  made,  it  will  be  sent  to  Mr.  Gilmore  for 
approval  before  signing. 


Tours  very  truly, 

G.  Croydon  Marks,  Esq., 

18  Southampton  Buildings, 

London,  England. 

Dear  Mr.  Marks :- 

Mr.  Edison,  Mr.  Gilmore,  Mr.  Sohermerhorn 
and  1  have  had  numerous  conferences  on  the  subject  of  a  proposed 
new  agreement  with  Vives  to  cover  the  French  situation,  and  1 
have  been  requested  to  prepare  such  an  agreement  embodying  our 
ideas,  and  beg  to  enclose  a  copy  of  the  same  which  has  been 
carefully  considered  by  all  of  us.  1  wiBh  you  would  UBe  your 
best  efforts  to  persuade  Mr.  Vives  to  substitute  this  agreement 
for  the  one  now  in  force,  or  at  leaBt,  to  substitute  an  agree¬ 
ment  which  will  more  nearly  ooincide  with  our  views  than  the 
present  agreement.  As  a  matter  of  fact,  both  Mr.  Edison  and 
Mr.  Gilmore  have  quite  made  up  their  minds  that  under  the  pre¬ 
sent  agreement  it  would  be  practically  suicidal  to  invest  any 
more  money  in  France,  as  Vives  holds  the  whip  hand  and  could 
practically  close  the  company  out  at  any  time,  so  that  any 

G.  Croydon  Marks  -  2. 

money  invested  in  Prance  would  be  in  constant  jeopardy.  Pur- 
thermo  re  ,  the  business  scheme  defined  by  the  present  agreement 
is  not  one  under  which,  in  Mr.  Gilmore's  opinion,  the  French 
Company  could  be  developed  to  a  satisfactory  extent.  Mr.  Gil¬ 
more  expects  to  write  Mr.  TOiite  early  ne«t  week,  giving  his 
views  in  full  on  the  situation,  and  you  will  no  doubt  see  Mr. 
White  before  approaching  Vives,  in  order  that  you  may  be  fully 
informed  as  to  our  attitude  and  be  prepared  to  make  the  best 
possible  attack. 

The  proposed  agreement  which  1  have  prepared  is,  1 
think,  self-explanatory,  and  it  embodies  the  views  which  I  have 
already  expressed  in  letters  to  you.  It  is  practically  a  li¬ 
cense  agreement  ,  Vives  claiming  to  have  certain  rights  under 
which  the  company  desires  to  secure  a  license. 

Article  1  correctly  defines  the  scope  of  the  decision 
of  the  Paris  Appeal  Court  of  February  1st,  1905.  ViveB  cannot 
expect  us  to  deliberately  adopt  a  less  favorable  position  than 
that  of  the  defendant  in  that  case.  To  admit  that  the  deci¬ 
sion  extends  beyond  the  French  Domain,  or  that  it  relates  to 
anything  beyond  copyrights  on  words,  would  be  admissions  against 
our  interest  and  not  demanded  by  the  situation. 

Article  2  is  self-explanatory.  Kaltenecker  puts  be¬ 
fore  Vives  a  list  of  all  of  his  records  and  Vives  then  produces 
proof,  showing  which  of  these  records  are  covered  by  copyrights 
controlled  by  him,  and  therefore,  subject  to  the  license. 

G.  Croydon  Marks,  Esq.  -  3, 

Article  3  defines  the  manner  of  keeping  track  of 
the  sales  of  copyrighted  records  on  yhich  royalties  are  pay¬ 
able.  1  do  not  See  how  we  can  do  more  than  we  offer  to  do 
in  this  paragraph,  and  in  fact,  we  do  much  more  than  is  or¬ 
dinarily  the  case  with  license  contracts.  Of  course,  the 
salary  payable  to  Vivas •  inspector  should  be  kept  as  low  as 
possible.  It  seems  to  me  that  with  all  the  safe  guards  that 
are  provided  in  this  paragraph,  there  would  be  absolutely  no 
chance  of  Vives  losing  anything,  and  he  could  make  just  as 
certain  a  distribution  to  his  principals  as  he  could  under  the 
present  agreement.  Everybody  here  is  very  much  opposed  to 
the  scheme  of  issuing  stamps,  as  under  the  present  agreement, 
Mdiich  is  regarded  as  cumbersome  and  impracticable. 

Article  4  defines  the  amount  of  the  royalties,  as 
under  the  present  agreement.  In  addition,  it  provides  that 
the  French  Company  shall  always  receive  as  favorable  termB 
as  any  other  concern.  Also,  that  Vives  assumes  the  responsi¬ 
bility  for  distributing  the  royalties  among  his  principals. 

Article  5  provides  that  in  case  the  decision  is  mod¬ 
ified,  etc.,  there  Bhall  be  no  claim  for  royalties  already 

Article  6  provides  for  marking  records,  in  order  to 
assuage  the  fears  of  small  French  dealers,  who  might  be  afraid 
to  buy  them. 

G.  Croydon  Marks ,  Esq.  -  4. 

Article  7  is  self-explanatory.  The  fine  payable  in 
each  case  of  intentional  Infraction  should  be  as  low  as  possi¬ 
ble.  Mr.  Gilmore  thinks  that  five  francs  in  each  case  would 
be  sufficient. 

Article  8  is  Included  in  the  original  agreement. 

Article  9  is  also  similar  to  the  original  agreement 
with  the  addition  that  it  provides  for  the  termination  of  the 
agreement  in  the  event  of  a  change  in  the  law. 

Kindly  let  me  have  you  opinion  regarding  the  agreement 
and  also  regarding  the  possibility  of  its  being  accepted  by 
Vives.  Also,  keep  me  informed  a3  to  your  negotiations  with 
Vives,  but  in  any  event,  do  not  accept  any  modifications  with¬ 
out  adviBing  Mr.  Gilmore  by  cable.  In  duscussing  the  matter 
with  Vives,  1  think  you  should  make  it  perfectly  clear  to  him 
Just  how  we  feel  about  the  present  situation,  and  that  we  have 
no  intention  of  investing  any  more  money  in  Eranoe  as  matters 
now  stand. 


Yours  very  truly, 

dLt&tfchttfeu.  flOAD, 


,  Gilmore,  Esq., 

Orange,  Hew  ,  Jersey ..'  - 


?  n^c  12  1£T" 

.... — _~jer.4at.*..2906  i 
ieht  aftj^-  ^iin^in^P 

My  dear  Ed:  •  •  .:*»*  "•*'  ^ 

I  arrived  back  in  london  Wednesday  night 
•.$  .-.week .  Kr;  :oraf  was  thefb'witii  me  and  we  went'  into  matters  very 
•parei-ully:idnd'  thoroughly ^'ativasBe'd  thev  situation. 

..  \  .rutM  ,  J.:-:.- V  4  ■ 

tftUp  to  (.the,  time  of  My  'departure  th'e  sales  for  the  month  of 
Oi.  1  »•  -  -  ■  p  I  7  “tS/X  i .ifa iV^V^^O'* 

^oy^m^er  arwro  of  last'  year,-  and  during  my  stay 

ther.e  the  orders  :rd'o%We'd‘ v/e^e^vSry  enoouraging.  Many  of.  these 

■  -  '•  •**’  ' r  £?r'-- ■■'-■'  -,vc  oiSfle5***  p9:/'h,i 

orders,  however,  oame  .from.  Myt, .and  unknown  customers  ai}d  before; 

exe,c.utine  it  was  neddssary'toloo]!:  into  ihleir  financial  standing.. 
Several  orde  rs  ia^W^atin^  '600  cartd  '60p '  re o o  r do  each  v^re,  ^received , 
tmd,a$  Mr.->  .Graf.  i|^UL  joniers  are  out  of  ,t^  ordinary,  .  .. 

X^e^.{^0LMr3^r-; -^taosivg are  from  dealerq,,and  not  faotors. 
Even  ;  in  Germany;  i^'i^Voj^Jj&sue^ivto  reoeive  orders of  siy>h. magni¬ 
tude.  j  =. ;..?/•  »*5  i'**?.  f"'":1."'.  ....... 

p.  ulwroto  your  regar^^  this.^suhjeot  some  two  weeks., or\  more  ago 
indicating  in  suoh.  letter ..thaj-.l^ would  probably  haveeome,  proposi¬ 
tions  toj present ^regarding  the  Efenoh  situation .  Before  putting 
these  forward  I  wjsh  to  say  that,  bpth  Mr.  Graf  and  myself  are  very 
pleased  at  what  Mr.  Galloway  has  done  up  to  the  present  time, 
and  are  both  favourably  impressed  with  the.  manner  in  which  he  is 
conducting  affaire.  He  is^^j, gard?worig^personally  and  no^v  that 
^M.praotipa^^c^d^  *,l^the/.employes  tlie^i'&tfe  looks 

coMtAtmM  bhikttkMii  tiv 

«(5  gu&kAftWeU.  (Wd, 

3^H(/r>-n,,  <o\  9Z. 

i,  4thi&Ui, 

as  though  it  v/ere  being  conducted  on  business  principles. 

Rummel,,  the  Musical  Critic,  haB  been  dispensed  with  and  a  new 
man  has  been  employed;  hie  name  io  Achard.  We  are  paying  him 
Pro .  400  a  month  and  he  will  .devote  hie  time  exoluoively  to  the 
muoical  and  of  the  business,  and  therefore  all  of  this  salary  will 
;  be  borne  by  tha.National  Company. 

As  I  have,  previously  Galloway  has,  ha$ ,  a  hard  time 
of  tit.  He  khew  .nothing  "of;  ithe  .phonograph  business  Lwitil, ho,, came, 
with  us  and  neoe.8oariiyu, there  was  so  much  of  a  technical  nature  to- 
be  learnt  in  order  to  properly  conduot  the  business  that  he  has 
been  handicapped  in  that-  direction  as  well  as  by  ineff ioient  as- 
isistants .  i 'o  Vricovoi  >ri  v 

r. a f» '/..’tinder  tfree’ftttV ^ndi&ioiisV $i>wever it  is' going  to1.. be'  very  -' i 
^difficult'  to  ‘properly  .conduot  .thebusiness  in  Prahcje,  that  is,  we. 
edhave  hot  adewate  W-oonduct  the  business  satisfactorily . 

in  the  first  plaoe  the  present  ‘selling  off ioes  are  so  small  as  to 
make' it  almost  impossible  to  place  neoessary  employes;  secondly, 

I  believe  it  veryneoeoeary  that  the  stock-rooms  and  selling  offices 
be  consolidated ;  As’  you  know  we  are  now  using  the  faotory  at  ■ 
Xevallois  for  carrying' ‘stock  and  shipping  is  done  from  there.  This 
place  is  a  considerable ’distance  from  the  city  offices',  and  while 
Mr.  leveque  appears  to  be  coneoiehtious  he  is  not  proving  a  good 
man  for  the  place,  in  the  first  plaoe  he  does  not  seem  to  ap¬ 
preciate  the  importance  of  looking  into  the  details,  asf'  for 

'  .  ::-m  A  •  ■■  .... 

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cttW/ttiNife  rjwA^A^B  66  6l46NdG«Att  ihmti 

it  rfdfo 

^£>rtr/m,  <%.  W.  . . . . . . . . 

inotanoa,  the  quest Ion 'of  -piiwi;t./’flhipnent ,  taking  advantage  of  the 
hoet  end  cheapest  shipping  route's,  getting  the  required  amount  of 
service  out  of  his  employes,'  and  so  forth.  As  above  statled  jit  is 
considerable  distance  from  the?  office,  and  even  though’ Mr . 

Galloway  goes  there  overy  day  or  two  it  Booms  impossible  to  pro¬ 
perly  impress  the  Shipping  Department .  On  the  other  hand  if  this 
v/ere  all  ooneolidStSd,  .whioh -1  Tjelievo  to  be  the  beet  plan,,  it  . would 
be- under  the  direct- supervision  of- Mr.  Galloway  who  can  personally 
watoh  all  b ranches y-and^at  the- same  time  be  in  touch  with;  every¬ 
thing  that  is  going;  on. 

I  have  had  Graf  and  Galloway  look  around  Paris,. for .  suitable.  l 
quarters  and  they  have  ^disooyer^d.  that  wo  can  got  80me,1gopd!,qjiar?r,t  ir 
tors  eft’:a  rental- not ( exceeding- Prs;  10,000  per  yoarj^  Their, inj- ,  , . 
vestigationo  were  in  the  mo re  popular  sections,  and  I' have  inot  ruct- 
ed  them  to  look  about -  in  the  Wholesale  district  where;  I- believe 
reiit s  would  be  even  cheaper.  .^At,  the  present  time  we,  are  paying 
rent  as  follows '  s"  ' 


31,  Rue  duQuat re  September  .  Pro.  3800;  per;  year. 


Rue  Sauesler  le  Roy  (8  shops)  .....  Pro.  3200  " 


■  loo.-.- 

■  si  iiTOTAl 

Pro.  1500 
Pro.  8500 

ctiMfrAtikik  fH pu 

ii  6tiW«Wi ice  a<W, 





I  am  not  taking  into  consideration  the  factory  which  is  also  used 
at  tha  present  time.  The  rental  of  this  is  Frs.  1360. 

The  lease  for  the' selling  offices  expires  July  1st  1908. 

Due,  however,  to :thd  favourable  location  of  this  plaoe  X  believe 
that  we  oould  arrange  to  rent  it  if  not  at  the  price  we  are  i 
at  any  rate  at  a  comparatively 'small  sacrifice. 

The  lease  oJTthe  s€oreihouSee  at  Rue  Saussier  le  Roy  < 

July -16th  next  arid  we  have  already  ■  given  notice  that  i 
vacate  at  that  tin*?6*  ***•'*  •■•••• 

The  lease  of  ^he  factory  stock-room  -  Xevallois  -expires 
July  1st  1907.  I  have  riot ~ as''yet  given  notice  that  we  would  vacate 
hut  we  must  do  so  on' or  before  Da comber  31st,  X,  of  course,  vrf.ll 
riot ‘-give  up  this  lease'  provided  you  do  not  sanotiori  our^conoolidating 
th’eT'different  departments  ’  under  rorie’  roof  insomuoh  as  we '’will  need 
thl* 'property.  . . .  **“  * 

^he  faotory  can' be  given  up  'at  any  time  by  giving  six  months’ 
notice.  Vo  will  have  no  difficulty  in  sub-letting  this  if  we  de¬ 
sire.  '  .  -  ...... 

There  is  also  another  possible  expense  should  joe  locate  in 
Paris  and  that  is  the  oity  •'octroi"  on  reoords.  ThitramoUnts  to 
13/10  oentime  per  reoord,  which  in  American  would  mean  about  $2,60 
per  thousand  records.  Vo  have,  however,  taken' the  matter  up  with 
the  proper  oity  officials  to  the  end  of  making,  if  possible,  ar¬ 
rangements  whereby  we/bould  not  be  compelled  to  pay  this  octroi 
on  records  that  might  be  'shipped  outside  of  Paris.  As  a  matter  of 

t»  Oikidti'Uii  Abtei 

faot  it  is  quits  possible  if  we., made  a  contest  that  we  could  show 
that  our  records  are  not  subjeot  to  this  duty,  but  such  a  oontest 
would  possibly  ba. lengthy  andualqo. expensive,  hence  it  would  per¬ 
haps  be  just  as  .well  to  let  it  ;go  by  default,  although 'this  is  a 
matter  that  oon  ;be  determined  later  Bhould  the  oity  officials  not 
be  willing  to  meet  us  on. ;the  question  of  records  thpt  might  be 
shipped  outside  of  ?aris,  .  However,  even  assuming  thaV  we  were  com¬ 
pelled  to  pay  thie^octroi  .iti'amoimtB  to  but  #260  oh”eaoh"lbO,Odbr,r‘ 
records,  and  we  ..would  .more- -than:  save  that  amount  by  the  more 
economic  handling  .of.  the  . 

Personally  I  recommend  that  v/e  take  suitable  quarters  to 
properly  exploit  oyrr. business ...- 1,  feel  sure  that  it' would  pay  us’ 
ey,en--.  though  v?e  hadv  to.  bear- the  rental  of  the  present-  selling  off  ices 
up  to:  th8|  expiration  of-  the  lease. 

1  have  not  touched1  on  the  recording  plant  for'whioh  we  are 
paying  Frs.  2400  par- year.  This  leaoe  also  expires  the  let  of 
July  1908,  but  I  believe;  it  would' be  well-  for  u8  to  get  quarters 
sufficiently  large  to  aloo  take  pare  of  the  Recording  Department. 

It  would  not  be  neoeesary  to  mpve-  thie  over  at  once,  but  I  believe 
it  would  be  well  to  have  it ’'where  it  oould  be  under  the  direct 
supervision  of  the  Management  of  the  French  Company. 

Of  course  we  do  no.t  have  to  hurry  as  to  these  arrangements 
except  in  so  far  as  it  pffeots  the  faotory  stock-room  of  tevallois, 
that  is,  we  must  give  notice  before  the  end  of  the  present  year. 

I  do  not  know  that  it  ie  sufficiently  important  for  you  to  oable 

coMpAtirtm  tftkttQ&iit  du  friiMb&iliik 

to  kiikkhMii  mt>, 

3%>in(/pn,  $.  *$.  ... . . . 1 _ .....: _ 

mo  on  the  subject  but  If  you  wish  to  expedite  matters  , a  cable  would 
be  acceptable.  '  ■■■■•'•  ■<  - 

Now  as  regards -the’  faotdryV  ao  above  stated  we  can. release  that 
at  any  time  upon  8i'x  months*  notice,  and  I  would  suggest  that  we 
hold  on  to  it  so  that  in  the  event  of  it  being  necessary. to  re¬ 
sume  manufacturing  ‘in  Paris,  we  would  have  a  property  available. 

I  have  to-day  written  Brandon  Bros,  asking  them  to  advise  me. 
definitely  ao  to- -when  it;  will  be: necessary  to  resume  manufacturing 
in  order  to  property  protect  our  patents.  Immediately  I  got 
definite  advice  from  them  I  will  communicate  with  you  on  this  sub¬ 
ject.  I  know  you  are  rather  sceptical  regarding  the  patents  and  I 
am  frank  to  cay  that  I. agree  with  you.  Nevertheless  we  are  con¬ 
ducting  a  law  suit  which.: will  doubtless  coot  a  considerable  amount-,, 
of  money,  and  it ‘occurs  to  me  that  it  would  be  unwise  to  sacrifice 
our  patents,  and  likewise  our  suit,  by  non -manufacture  should, 
manufacture  bo.  imperative. 

tin  conclusion  I  will  only  say  that  I  trust  you  will  agree 
with  me  in  the  consolidation;,  of,- ths  selling  and  shipping,  offices, 
and  that  you  will  authorise  me  to  go  ahead.  Naturally  we  will  make 
a  lease  such  as  is  customary  there,  vizf  1  year,  3  years,  6.  years 
or  9  years.  Such  a  lease  will; not  obligate  ue  very  seriously. 


Deo,  20,  1906. 

J.  R.  Sohermerhorn ,  Esq.,  Asst.  Gen,  Mgr., 

National  Phonograph  Co. ,  ltd. , 

London,  England. 

My  dear  John: 

1  duly  received  your  letter  of  December  1st,  but 
was  unable  to  get  at  Mr.  Edison  until  several  days  ago  to  talk 
over  the  Erench  situation  generally,  and  after  due  consideration 
1  cabled  you  as  follows  on  Decomber  17th: 

'"Letter  first.  Approve  concolidating  all  Erench  business 
one  plant,  or  to  best  advantage." 

Prom  this  you  will  understand  that  we'  approve  of,  consolidat¬ 
ing  all  of  the  Erench  business  in  one  establishment  and  under 
one  head,  as  indicated  in  your  communication.  Of  course,  if  you 
find  that  there  is  any  one  particular  plant  that  you  cannot  com¬ 
bine  with  the  others  advantageously,  it  is  a  matter  that  1  have 
got  to  leave  to  you  and  Graf  to  decide.  You  are  right  on  the 
ground ,  know  the  exact  conditions  and  are  therefore  in  a  very 
much  better  £$|E#stion  to  cope  with  the  situation  than  we  are 
hero . 

It  seems  to  me  that  this  should  have  been  done  a  long  time 
ago,  as,  of  course,  if  Mr. . Galloway  was  handicapped  by  the  differ¬ 
ent  employee^  he  had  under  him,  who  never  even  aooepted  his  in¬ 
structions,  naturally  we  could  not  expect  to  get  any  r esults, 
nor  .could  there  be  any  dicipline  in  any  of  the  establishments. 

2.  12/20/06.  national  phonograph  Compaq.  H.  Schermerhorn . 

-I  think  you  wrote  me  some  time  ago  that  Rumniel  was  not  what 
he  should  he,  and  judging  from  the  information  that  I  got  from 
other  sources,  I  am  satisfied  that  you  wore  correct  and  it  was  the 
heatf thing  you  could  do  to  get  rid  of  him.  I  can  only  congratu¬ 
late  you  upon  the  fact  that  you  have  decided  to  get  rid  of  all  of 
all  of  the  old  employees  who  are  not  satisfactory  to  Galloway,  and 
I  hope  that  hy  your  doing  so  it  will  not  only  insure  his  getting 
everything  systematized  in  one  establishment,  but  that  he  will  be 
able  to  secure  new  employees  who  will  do  absolutely  as  he  wants 
and  thus  bring  our  business  up  to  what  it  ought  to  be.  It  seems 
to  me  that  he  has  now  had  sufficient  time  to  learn  pretty  much 
about  the  phonograph  business,  and  he  should  start  off  the  new 
year  under  the  most  auspicious  circumstances;  and  I  am  certain  that 
with  what  assistance  you  can  give  him,  as  well  as  the  aid  that 
will  be  given  him  by  Graf,  he  should  be  prepared  to  go  ahead  and 
bring  the  French  business  up  materially. 

Of  course,  if  leveque  is  riot  the  proper  man  for  the  place  at 
the  factory  at  levallois,  the  quicker  you  get  rid  of  him  the 
better.  I  presume  this  matter  has  been  taken  up  with  Riehl  and 
that  Riehl  will  approve  of  what,  you  purpose  doing.  Do" not  hesi¬ 
tate  about  it,  but  make  the  change  at  once,  or  as  soon  as  you  can 
get  somebody  to  put  in  there,  even  if  you  have  to  bring  a  man  down 
from  some  of  the  other  plants  temporarily  to  get  it  straightened 
‘  out  and  systematized.  I  do  not  see  why  it  is  impossible  -to 
impress  the  Shipping  Department,  or  in  fact  any  other  department; 
if  they  do  not  do  what  they  are  told  then  there  is  nothing  else  to 
do  but  get  rid  of  the  head  and  such  underlings  as  do  not  do  a3 
they  are  told,  naturally  this  must  come  under  the  direct  .super¬ 
vision  of  Mr-  Galloway,  if  that  is  the  way  things  are  operated 
there;,  but,  on  the  pther  hand,  if  it  is  a  question  of  factory, 



Compaq  R>  SchermerlK 

that  must  necessarily  come  under  Mr.  Riehl's  jurisdiction.  I  am 
certain,  however,  that  Mr.  Riohl  will  work  in  co-operation  with 
Mr.’  Galloway,  and  there  should  bo  no  friction  so  far  as  he  is  con¬ 
cerned;  and  once  there  is  an  understanding  reached,  everything 
should  operate  to  the  mutual  advantage  of  all  concerned, ' the  same 
as  it  does  in  Berlin.  Graf  knows  about  how  to. go  to  work  at  this 
thing,  and  I  judge  from  your  letter  that  he  intends  to  give  the 
Prench  situation  considerable  of  his  time  and  attention. 

Mow  as  to  where  you  shall  move  to  in  Paris,  I  dp  not  know  but 
that  it  would  be  just  as  well  to  get  in  some  prominent  section. 

Of  course,  I  realise  that  we  are  not  in  the .retail  business,  and  if, 
on  the  other  haid,  you  consider  that  the  wholesale  district  is 
just  9s  good  for  our  purpose  and  you  can  find  a3  good,  or  perhaps 
even  better  premises  to  properly  handle  the  business,  then,  of 
course,  go  ahead  on  that  basis.  It  seems  to  me,  however,  tnat  the 
difference  as  between  what  you  are  now  paying,  of  850G  franksaadd 
10,000  francs,  should  not  enter  into  the  question,  as  if  we  do 
any  business  at  all  this  small  difference  should  not  be  allowed. to 
govern'under  any  circumstances. 

As  to  the  factory,  of  course  the  legal  situation  governs  what 
we  intend  to  do'  with  this  ultimately.  If  we  are  defeated  in 
litigation  that  has  been  brought,  of  course,  the  question  then 
arises  as  to  whether  we  care  to  keep  on  manufacturing  in  Prance. 

Our  position  has  been  heretofore  that  if  we. should  be  defeated  we 
will  simply  arrange  to  have  what  records  we  want  manufactured  out¬ 
side  of  Prance  and  pay  the  small  duty  into  Prance,  rather  than 
operate  a  small  plant-  at  a  loss.  The  fact  of  the  matter  is  that 
the  less  manufacturing  plants  v/e  have  the  better  off  we  are,  as  it 
is  most  difficult  to  keep  the  same  standard  where  you  have- so  many 
different  people  to  deal  with;  and  one  manufacturing  plant  is  in 

'  4.  12/20/06.  national  phonograph  company,  R.  Schermerhorn. 

a  groat  many  cases  apt  to  produce  a  tetter  article  than  some  of 
the  others;  and  then,  of  course,  it  creates  a  great  deal  of  fric¬ 
tion,  to  nay  nothing  of  the  anxiety -that  must  necessarily  ensue 
duo  to  the  fact  that  the  product  is, not  uniform.  My  opinion  is 
that  one  plant  is  the  test  for  our  purposes,  and  it  is  not  going  to 
he  long  before  we  must  decide  where  this  plant  is  to  be  located. 

Of  course  where  the  patent  situation  enters  into  the  manufacturing 
end  of  the  business,  if  it  is  our  intention  to  keep  up  patents, 
then,  of  course,  we  must  manufacture  in  such  country  as  demands 
it.  This  is  a  question,  however,  that  can  be  considered  and 
decided  upon  later;  but  so  far  as  I  am  concerned,  I  will  be  only 
too  glad  when  we  do  get  a  decision  in  the  French  case  so  that  we 
can  do  one  thing  or  the  other  there.  Of  course,  if  the  decision 
is  favorable,  then  I  assume  that  -we  must  get  busy  and  keep  the 
plant  going  full  to  protect  the  patent. 

1  note  v/hat  you  have  to  say  about  the  octroi  on  records;  it  is 
too  small  to  consider,  so.  if  you  want  to  keep  the  .stock  in  or  out¬ 
side  of  Paris,  do  what  you  think  is  best  and  what  is  the  most  con-, 
venlent:  I  have  nothing  to  say  one  way  or  the  other  as  to  this;-, 
•the  amount  that  we  would  save  is  too  small. 

Mot/  so  far  as  a  Recording  Plant  is  concerned,  if  you  can 
secure  quarters  that  will  be  sufficiently  largo  to  enable  you  to 
have  the  Recording  Plant  located  there,  it  would  seem  to  me  to  be 
the  proper  thing.  In  fact,  concentration  is,  to  ray  way  of  think- 
.ing,  the  best  thing  under  any  and  ail  circumstances. 

1  shall  be  interested  to  know  v/hether  you  have  heard  from 
Brandon  Bros,  and  what  they  have  to  ay  about  continuing  to  manu¬ 
facture  in  Prance.  I  do  not  think  they  can  say  very  much  at  the  • 
present  time,  or  at  least  until  some  decision  has  been  reached 

»  5.  12/20/06.  NAT,ONA*-  PH0N0GRAPH  company  R>  Schermerhorn> 

in  the  Pathe  case. 

The  matter  of  lease  is  also  something  that  I  would  prefer  to 
leave  totjropou  My  understanding  is  that  you  can  take  a  three 
year  lease  with  the  privilege  of  a  further  three,  a  still  further 
three  and  a  still  further  three  years,  or  something  to  tfapt^ef- 
feot,  with  a  suitable  clause  inserted  so  that  after  the  first 
three  years  you  indicate  whether  you  purpose  continuing  by  giving 
certain  notice  within  a  given  pored  before  the  expiration  of  the 
first  three  years. 

Yours  very  truly, 


President . 


before  Easter  when  Mr.Schermerhorn  parted  for  the  Continent. 

I  have  been  in  Paris  for  a  considerable  time  to  carry  out  the 
first  part  of  the  Prench  program,  i.e.  making  such  arrangements 
of  our  premises,  stock  and  staff  that  we  have  the  basis  on 
which  we  can  found  a  business  satisfactory  to  ourselves  and  to 
our  customers.  All  our  different  interests  are  now  centered 
at  42,  Rue  de  Paradis.  Therefore,  as  soon  as  we  have  disposed 
of  the  several  premises  which  we  have  formerly  occupied  within 
and  without  Paris,  we  shall  have  only  one  place  at  Paris,  loca¬ 
ted  at  42,  Rue  de  Paradis. 

I  have,  of  course,  reported  from  time  to  time  to 
Mr.Schermerhorn  about  the  details  from  Paris  and  X  suppose 
Mr.Schermerhorn  has  also  written  to  you.  I  only  wish  to  inform 
you  now  that  the  premises  which  I  have  secured  at  42,  Rue  de 
Paradis,  at  an  annual  rent  of  Er.10,000,  are  located  on  the 
1.  and  2.  floor.  The  premises  of  the  second  floor  are  exactly 
above  that  of  the  first  floor  and  of  exactly  the  same  size. 

W.  IS.  Gilmore ,  Orange. 

April  4th 

The  walls  on  both  sides  are  entirely  of  glass  and  iron,  so  that 
we  have  plenty  of  light,  a  rare  feature  of  premises  in  the 
■business’  part  of  Paris.  This  feature  of  the  new  premises 
is  insofar  very  important  as  in  about  90  out  of  100  places  in 
Paris  it  is  necessary  to  use  artificial  light  for  the  greater 
part  of  the  day,  and  in  figuring  out  the  rent  in  Paris  it  is 
important  to  take  the  light  bill  into  consideration.  This  will 
appear  very  plain  to  you  if  I  state  that  the  Grammophone  Co. 
in  their  old  premises  were  obliged  to  have  artificial  light 
nearly  all  day  long  and  their  light  bill  amounted  to  nearly 
Pr. 20, 000  pro  year.  If  we  had  taken  a  similar  place,  our 
light  bill  would,  of  cours&f  not  be  quite  as  large,  but  I  am 
sure  that  we  would  have  to  add  to  the  rent  about  6-8000  Prancs 
pro  year  for  artificial  light,  which  we  will  save  in  the  new 
place,  or  rather  reduce  to  what  is  absolutely  necessary. 

The  offices  and  show  room  I  have  arranged  to  be  on 
the  second  floor  which  is  connected  with  the  first  floor  by 
a  staircase  located  within  our  premises.  The  first  floor  we 
use  for  stock,  shipping  and  repairs.  A  back  entrance  leads 
from  the  stock  room  into  Rue  Messageries,  the  formation  of  the 
ground  being  such  that  the  first  floor  of  42,  Rue  de  Paradis 
is  level  with  Rue  Messageries.  In  other  words,  if  we  enter 
to  our  stock  room  from  Rue  Messageries,  we  find  them  to  be 
on  the  ground  floor,  and  in  entering  from  Rue  de  Paradis  the 
stock  room  is  on  the  first  floor. 

The  consolidation  of  our  interests  will  mean  to  us  a 
saving  of  about  14,000  Prancs  pro  year.  I  herewith  enclose  a 

W.B. Gilmore , Orange . 

April  4th 

table  showing  how  I  arrived  at  this  figure. 

The  worlc  I  have  so  divided  that  the  staff  formerly- 
employed  in  our  office  at  31,  Rue  du  Quatre-Septembre,  with 

addition  of  two  packers,  one  repairman  and  one  messenger,  will 
be  entirely  sufficient  to  carry  on  our  present  business.  In 
fact  it  will  be  sufficient  to  carry  on  a  five  times  as  large  a 
business  as  we  do  at  present,  so  that  the  entire  staff  held 
at  Levallois  Ferret  can  be  dispensed  with.  The  staff  which  we  c< 
dispense  with  is  the  following: 

Mr.Leveque  Fr.3600- 

Mr.Collinder  "  2080- 

1  Messenger  "  1820- 

2  Repairmen  "  46  80- 

1  Cashier  "  2295- 

1  Watchman  _ 1820- 

Fr.  160~95- 

From  this  amount  we  would  have  to 

deduct  the  wages  '• _ 216  0- 

for  one  new  repairman  taken  in  place  of  two. 

Should  Mr.Riehl  for  some  reason  consider  it  necessary 
to  keep  Mr.Leveque  on  the  pay  roll  without  employing  him,  this 
is  then  a  matter  independent  of  the  selling  end.  Mr.Riehl  will 
also  be  obliged  to  have  a  watchman  at  the  factory,  and  inasmuch 
as  no  business  will  be  carried  on  at  Levallois  Ferret  it  will 
be  entirely  sufficient  if  he  keeps  everything  locked  and  'if.  he 
engages  a  man  with  a  family  to  live  in  some  of  ihe  rooms  at 
the  factory  building  ‘to' act  as  watchman.  The  man  should 
preferably  be  a  working  man  earning  his  by  some  outside 

Fr. 13935- 

W. E. Gilmore , Orange,  cont  a 

mZ?  iA  April  4th 

employment  during  day,  the  presence  of  his  wife  and  family 

*eing  sufficient  to  guard  the  factory  during  day  time,  the  man 
to  act  as  watchman  during  night.  Such  arrangements  are  very 
customary  over  here  and  we  can  find  any  numbe-r  of  reliable 
people  who  would  undertake  this  duty  for  the  consideration  of 
getting  the  rooms  free  and  a  small  monthly  payment  of  30  or 
40  Francs  which  will  amount  to  480  Francs  pro  year. 

I  may  say  that  in  arranging  our  new  place  I  have  done 
everything  to  the  best  advantage,  so  that  Mr. Galloway  can  over¬ 
look  and  watch  everything  that  is  done  on  the  premises.  I  have 
taken  advantage  of  all  improvements  I  could  think  of  and  I  con¬ 
sider  the  new  French  office  as  the  nicest  and  most  practically 
arranged  of  our  3 Fur ope an  offices.  With  such  an  office  as 
a  basis  to  work,  I  shall  now  be  able  to  engage  myself  in  the 
second  part  of  my  program,  which  is:  improve  the  sales. 

I  could  not  do  much  in  that  direction  yet,  because 
I  had  practically  to  arrange  all  and  every  detail  at  the  Paris' 
office,  Mr. Galloway  being  a  little  more  helpless  than  I  thought 
he  would  be.  He  has,  however,  been  very  willing  to  assist  me 
in  everything  I  carried  out.  As  means  of  getting  a  larger  share 
of  the  French  business  I  consider  the  following: 

1)  Advertising.  A  well  prepared  advertising  campaign 
should  be  started  by  August  of  this  year.  As  the' preparation 
for  the  advertising  of  last  year  was  done  in  the  last  minute 
and  in  ahurry,  1  believe  we  did  not  get  the  benefit  which  it 
should  have  brought  to  us,  I  therefore  propose  to  prepare  the 
entire  advertising  campaign  for  the  next  season  in  France  as 
well  as  in  England  during  month  of  April  and  May, 

X  shall  talk 

W.3S.  Gilmore ,  Orange. 

cont. 5 
April  4th 

the  details  over  with  Ur. Sohermerhorn,  also  the  amount  to  he 
expended  in  France  and  England  respectively,  and  with  his  and 
your  approval  of  these  amounts  I  shall  have  practically  prepared 
the  entire  campaign  hy  end  of  .Tune.  By  this  arrangement  I  shall 
he  able  to  occupy  myself  in  other  directions  before  the  season 

The  second  way  of  increasing  our  business:  the  establishment 
of  jobbers  in  Erance,  I  had  in  view  right  from  the  start,  but 
being  busy  otherwise  I  could  not  yet  do  much  in  that  direction. 

In  the  past  we  were  prevented  from  establishing  jobbers  by  being 
unable  to  quote  jobber's  prices  on  records,  owing  to  the  exces¬ 
sive  authors  tickets  which  we  have  to  pay  on  French  vocal 
selections.  We  are  able  to  quote  factors'  prices  only  if  we 
can  sufficiently  reduce  the  average  amount  per  record  for 
authors  tickets.  I  worked  out  a  statistic  on  record  sales  in 
Erance  and  I  have  found  that  orchestra  and  band  selections  are 
in  greater  demand  than  vocal  selections.  I  draw  therefrom  the 
lesson  that  we  should  give  the  French  people  what  they  want, 
which  means,  give  them  more  orchestra  and  band  selections  than 
we  have  done  in  the  past.  This  will  have  a  threefold  effect: 

1)  We  will  sell  more  records 

2)  We  will  sell  more  records  on  which  we  do  not  pay  any 
author  tickets,  consequently  the  average  cost  of  author  tickets 
per  record  sold  will  be  reduced. 

3)  It  will  be  reduced  sufficiently  to  enable  us  to  establish 
j  obbers. 

I  already  worked  in  that  direction  end  of  last  year 

W.Xfi. Gilmore ,Esq. Orange 

April  4th 

when  X  compiled  the  new  French  catalogue  of  which  I  am  sending 
you  a  copy  under  separate  cover.  I  have  included  into  this 
catalogue  all  good  American  orchestra,  hand  and  instrumental 
selections  not  yet  listed  in  France.  I  have  further  worked 
out  a  report  to -the  Recording  Department,  showing  them  the 
comparative  sales  of  the  different  classes  of  records  and  of 
the  different  selections,  proving  to  them  that  the  French  public 
wants  more  orchestra  and  instrumental  selections  than  we  have 
given  them  in  the  past,  that  we  should  therefore  give  them  every 
month  more  records-  of  that  kind  which  they  want  and  should  not 
try  to  force  such  records  on  them  which  they  do  not  want  and 
which  they  decline  to  buy. 

I  cannot  exhaust  everything  that  could  be  said  on 
that  topic,  but  I  shall  make  it  a  point  to  report  to  you  perio¬ 
dically  about  what  X  do  and,without  wishing  to  bother  you  with 
details, I  should  be  glad  to  receive  your  comments  and  criticisms 
whenever  you  have  time  to  give  them. 



is,  dc  Leroy, 
Chante  pc 

de  NOVEMBRE  1907 

17949  March?  ties  Cadets  fl’ Ant  riche,  de  G.  Paris, 
chef  de  la  tnusique  de  la  Garde  Republicainc, 

Execute  par  la  musique  dcla  Gaum;  Kkpudlicaink. 

17950  Le  Vallon,  de  Gounod, 

Chante  par  M.  Datiiank. 

17951  J'ai  taut  pi  cure,  dc  Rico, 

Chante  par  M.  Bkkaud,  dc  PEldorado. 

17952  Vive  Plispagnc,  de  Roms  berg:, 

Execute*  par  la  musique  de  la  Gakdk  Rkpuhmcaikk. 

17953  Rijiexiotis  sur  Vllistoire  Sain/e,  de  Doubis, 

Chnntd  par  M  Fkj-JOL,  de  la  Scala. 

17954  lit  oil e  sein  till  ante,  de  Fauchey, 

Chante  par  \lm*  Ohmhdy. 

17955  Marche  t Unoust i/lan/e.  de  Perpignan, 

Chante  par  M.  Damiiiukk,  des  Varietes. 

17956  Carillon  ter  alien ,  de  Saint-Servan, 

Chante  par  Rollini,  des  Folies-Bergerc. 

17957  Illusion  iVamaur ,  de  Borel-Clerc, 

Execute  par  l’Orchestre  Symphoniquc  de  la  O 
Franfaisc  du  Phonographe  Edison. 

17958  Toi  \ici,  moi  faussi,  de  Derouvillc-Buncl, 

Chanti  par  M.  Lkjal,  de  la  Scala 

17959  Tit  ne  m'oublieras  pa 

-17960  Le  Songe  d'une  Nil  it  d*ett,  dc  Ambroisc  Thomas, 
Chante  par  M  Ragnkau 

Selections  Amdricaines 

9650  Triomphe  ilu  Drapeau ,  (inarchc)  Arthur  Pryor, 
Execute  par  POrchestre-Conccrt  dc  M.  Edison. 
9653  Im  Chapclle  flans  les  hois, 

Solo  de  piano,  execute  par  M.  Albert  Rouzikr. 
9657  Noses  veloutees  (valse),  de  Georges  D.  Bernard, 
Exicuti  par  l’Orchestre  Symphoniquc  de  M .  Edison. 
9661  Pat rou ill e  Siamoise,  de  Paul  Lincke, 

Execute  par  POrchestre  Militaire  de  M  Edison. 
9GG5  Pot-pourri , 

Solo  d’accordeon, execute  par  M,  Jean  Ivimdlk. 
9669  Galop  Usthetique,  dc  Fahrbach, 

Execute  par  POrchestre  hongrois  de  M.  Edison. 
9663  Pot-pourri , 

Execute  par  POrchestre  Militaire  de  M.  Edison. 
13633  La  Marched e  Wellington,  JeZelhe,. 

Exicuti  par  POrchestre  Militaire  Britanniquc. 
13642  La  Palrouillc  dc  Charlestown ,  de  Drion. 

Execute  par  POrchestre  Militaire  Britanniquc. 

Compagnie  Fran^aise  du  Phonographe  “  Edison ^ 

tc,  rnuntir*  „S0Cl£Te  AN0NYME  AU  CAPITAL  DE  100.000  FRANCS  \ 

TELEPHONE  277-89  42,  Rue  de  Paradis,  42  TELEPHONE  277-89 




Adresse  TSlfigrajjhlque  : 




Edison  SUimlurrl . . 

Edison  Home .  . ••••..  --- 

Edison  Triumph . . . 215 

Edison  Concur  I  . . 

Edison  idoiiu .  :  :  ;  :  :  :  :  ;  :  :  :  :  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  47jj2 


Edison  Balmoral .  ... 

Edison  Conqueror  . . . .  h,i  i 

Edison  Alvn .  j|22 

Edison  Diiou  (Automatiquei . !!!]]'’ . ,22  , 

Edison  “  Excelsior"  »  222 

Edison  Windsor  »  /ml 

Edison  liclipse  »  . .  . 

Edison  Acme  »  .  .  |  .  i  ;  ;  [  |  ; . ’ 

Cylindre  nioule  a  Standard  i 
Cylindre  Grand  Opera.  .  , 
Cylindre  Concert  .... 
Cylindre  viergc  raholc  .  . 



Cylindre  motile  or  it  Standard  » . 

Cylindre  Grand  Opera .  . . ‘ 

Cylindre  Concert  . . .  1 

Cylindre  viergc  rabotii . . 

Escomjile  sur  tonics  les  machines,  said  le  GEM,  BIJOU,  WINDSOR  I'XLIPSL 

.  Escomptc  sur  le  Gem  et  Bijou . 

Escomple  sur  le  Windsor, 'Eclipse  et  Acme,  par  coinmnnde  de  10  machines 

Escomptc  sur  les  prix  de  noire  catalogue  a  Pieces  de  reclinngei) . 

Escomple  sur  les  prix  de  nos  catalogues  «  Aceessoires . 

tie  me  n  ran!  ,i 
s' engage  t'uvt 

Ja  ire  a  licit  lie  combi  unison,  tie  tjuelque  inti  nre  queiic  so'it,  qui 
i ml i reel cine n l  tine  reduction  sur  les  prix-couranls  indiqitis. 

'  l  s' engage  en  onire  d  ne  vend  re  a  licit  n  Phonographe 

Compagnie  Franpaise  du  Phonographe  -Edison”  a  m  vendee  aucun  des 
CyU, litres  de  cctte  Couipaguie  a  des  (nx  mfirienrs  ,1  ceux  ci-dessus  fixis,  cl  s'interdit  de 
.  it  pour  but  de  consenlir  directcmeut  ou 

o  de  sirie  de  la  Compagnie  t 
uni  de  sou  iUquette. 

1 1  s'interdit  an"1 

'«  qui  serlienfdesUnds^ilreexporUs  &,K%*SSrJ!!Zl'"l%,M"'  Bihon  **"'  *H  “rritoire 
Toute  contestation  retain  ■  ■  - 

Seine  qui  sera  sent  competent. 

Fait  i_ 

u  prisent  engagement  sera  fugle  par  le  Tribunal  de  Commerci 


Escoinpte  sur  toulcs  les  machines,  saul  Ic  GUM,  BI.IOU,  WINDSOR,  IsCUPSH,  ACME  .  .  .  .  40"/, 

Escompte  sur  le  Gem  et  Bijou . . . t  ......  .  30  "/„ 

Escompte  sur  le  Windsor,  Eclipse  el  Acme,  par  commamle  de  10  machines . 10  •/. 

Escompte  sur  les  prix  de  noire  calalogue  «  Pieces  de  rechangei).  .  . 40  "/. 

Eseonipte  sur  les  prix  de  nos  calalogues  n  Acccssoires . . 25 

M  .  .  i  . 

de me lira lit  a  ..  ...  . .  - . .  . . . . . . 

s' engage  envers  la  Gompagnie  Franfaise  du  Phonographe  “Edison”  a  ne  vendee  aucuii  des 
Phonographes  on  Cylindres  de  celle  Compagnie  i  des  prix  infirieurs  a  ceux  ci-dessus  fixis,  et  s’interdit  de 
faire  ancune  combination,  de  qttelque  nature  quelle  soil,  qui  aurait  pour  but  de  consentir  directement  on 
iudirectemcnt  tine  riduction  sur  les  prix-courants  iudiqutfs. 

II  s' engage  en  outre  d  ne  vendre  attain  Phonographe  de  la  Compagnie ,  qui  ne  porterait  pas  le 
numiro  de  sirie  de  la  Compagnie  et  la  marque  a  Thomas  A.  EDISON  a,  ni  attcun  Cylindre  qui  ne  serait 
pas  muni  de  sou  iliquette. 

II  s'interdit  aussi  de  vendre  des  Phonographes  on  Cylindres  Edison  en  dehors  du  territoire  franfais, 
ou  qui  seraient  destines  d  e Ire  exportis  dans  tin  but  commercial. 

Toule  contestation  relative  au  prisent  engagement  sera  fugle  par  le  Tribunal  de  Commerce  de  la 
Seine  qui  sera  sent  compliant. 

Fait  d _ _ _ _  le _ _ _ j.. _ _ _ too 


Thomas  Graf,  Ea<{. , 

National  Phonograph  Co. ,  Ltd. , 

V/illesden  Junction,  London. 

Dear  Mr.  Oraf: 

On  the  subject  of  the  Paris  office,  Ur.  Ediuon  continues 
to  express  hiB  disappointment,  not  to  say  disgust,  vith  the  situation, 
and  has  suggested  a  number  of  tines  that  m  ought  to  close  down  and 
pocket  our  Iosb,  tlio  entire  an ount  of  which,  according  to  figures  sub¬ 
mitted  by  Mr.  Westee,  for  the  seven  years  from  1903  to  September  30, 
1909,  would  be  upwards  of  $96,000.  Per  the  first  seven  months 

ending  July  31,  1900,  the  not  loss  of  the  Paris  office  was  $4,506. 01, 
while  for  the  first  seven  months  of  the  present  year,  ending  July  31, 
1909,  -the  net  loss  was  $5,420.14.  It  is  true  that  these  losses  are 
not  of  themselves  very  much,  but  Ur.  Edison's  oft  repeated  question  is 
"Why  should  v/e  carry  on  a  business  that  entails  any  loss  whatever? " 

When  I  was  in  Europe  you  were  very  hopeful  that  the  Paris 
business  would  show  some  im|<^|^t,  but  it  does  not  seem  to  me  that 
your  hopes  are  being  realized.  Por  instance,  I  find  that  the  sales 
in  1907,  from  January  1st  to  October  ;ilst,  amounted  to  $37,843.37,  and 
that  for  the  corresponding  period  of  1900  (January  1st  to  October  31st), 
the  sales  .mounted  to  $57,335.13.  This,  of  course,  is  a  very  satis¬ 
factory  increase,  but  for  the  sane  period  of  the  present  year  (January 
lot.  t.n  +  'JifSf  tflCJl/Sivej  6  «lh  'ttj.ix,  " 

Thoracis  Gruf . 



less  than  half  what  they  were  last  year  unci  35^  below  what  they  wore 
two  years  ago.  The  monthly  B&lea  of  the  Paris  office  for  the  entire 
year  up  to  October  31st  have  been  below  the  corresponding  months  of  1900, 
and  with  one  exception  (September)  the  silos  have  been  helow  the  cor¬ 
responding  months  of  1907.  The  monthly  sales  for  1900  commenced  in 
November,  1900,  to  drop  helow  the  sales  of  1907,  und  tliere  lias  been  a 
continual  and  steady  drop  since. 

Under  these  circumstances  I  do  not  see  any  liope  in  the  Fronoh 
■business,  and  I  am  afraid  we  slinll  have  to  follow  tlie  Gramophone  Company 
and  tlie  Columbia  Company  in  withdrawing,  hut  before  deciding  definitely 
I  should  lilce  to  have  your  views.  If  we  had  u  produot  which  in 

quality  or  price  appealed  to  the  French  public,  v;e  might  continue  in  the 
hope  that  wo  could  eventually  wipe  out  our  losses,  hut  the  Preach 
territory  seems  to  ho  hopeless,  because,  on  account  of  the  heavy  duties, 
we  cannot  effeutlvely  sell  machines  in  competition  with  French  machines, 
nor  do  the  French  people  seem  to  want  our  records.  •  Of  oourao,  there 
might  he  a  field  In  France  for  films,  hut  it  might  he  possible  to  handle 
the  film  business  very  economically  through  some  distributing  agent 
or  by  maintaining  only  a  btjuII  office  and  with  perhaps  only  one  man  in 

Write  me  fully  and  frankly  how  you  feel  about  the  matter, 
and  1  will  take  it  up  with  lir.  Edfionn  so  that  we  can  decide  what  to  do 
as  near  the  first  of  tho  year  as  possible. 

Yours  very  truly, 



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Ehomac  Graf,  Ksq. , 

national  .  'honocra-h  Oo. ,  Ltd., 

.  London,  inlaid. 

Dour  Ur.  Graf:  . 

Yours  of  tho  3rd  inst.,  from  Berlin,  has  Loon 
received,  on'  tho  ouTjJoot  of  the  French  ‘brolnoss.  I  hovp 
fnhon  up  the  a  ttor  with.  Ur*  Hdison,  end  of  ooitroo  it  is  to  moot  hie  ecu  oral  objection  that  thoro  ouGht  not  to 
ho  ray  nood  of  oerryinG  on  the  business  in  Franco  if  it  io  un- 
pref italic ,  and  that  it  ia  hotter  to  looo  the  huoinoca  ontiro- 
ly  than  to  continue  to  lose  money  hy  attonptinc  to  carry  it  on. 
After  a  (joed  deal .of  porouacion  1  have  at  lest  broucht  him 
around  to  the  view. of  allowliiG  you  to  carry  on  the  business 
in  Franco  from  tho  lovallois  plant,  sivinc  up  the  officio  in 
Hue  do  Paradis.  Shis'  oucjht  to  enable  you  to  very  materially 
cut  down  the  General  c:rpcnso  and  reduce  the  number  of  em¬ 
ployees.'  Chose  expenses  should  bo  reduced  to  tho  Tory  nini- 
•  nun  end  tho  offico  maintained  solely  with  tho  idoa  in  mind  of 
incrcasinc  our  facilities  - in  Franco  i'f  the  husinoss  over  war¬ 
rants  it.  'When  yOu  h:  vo  dccidod  what  can  bo  done  ct  tho 
Lovallois  plant  in  the  way  of  roducing-  anpenoo ,  please  brine 
up  tho  natter .with  mo  for'  approval. 

1/20/ 10. 


0110  0*  tho  principal  reasons  why  I  think  v;o  should 
cfontintto  to  have  oono  sort  of  am  office  in  Paris  is  bocauoo  • 
the  printing  of  films  by  Gaunont  noeosoitatoo  a  distributing 
.point  at  that  plnoo. 

I  hnvo  oyory  hope,  of  courso,  that  none  tir.o  tho 
■business  in  Prance  rill  incroaso  to  fair  proportions,  but  I 
think  v/ith  this  pro-osbd  cor.nroniso  arrongonont  you  oagjjt  to  bo 
able  to  carry  on  tho  business  ov.on  at  the  prosent  rate  and 
sliow  a  small  profit.  I  have  therefore  cabled  you  to-day 
as  follows: 

"Yours  third.  'fill  continue  French  Business 
lovallois  with  minimum  c-nonso.  Closo  Paradis  offico  as  soon 
us  possible  and  notify  landlord. " 

By  the  way,  on  tho  subject  of  Gannont  printing  our 
positive  films  in  Paris,  I  hayo  not  yot  hoard  from  you  as  to 
tn.o  carryin g  out  of  tho  arrangement  nd  how  it  soono  to  be 
working.  Plcaso  let  r.-.o  knov;  about  it.  . 

Years  very  truly, 

Hib/i  m? 

President . 


Hr.  Berggren:  September  16,  1912. 

In  a  letter  dated  September  4,  1912,  Hr.  Graf 
advises  that  the  words  "et  Cinemato graphs "  have  been  added 
to  the  name  of  the  French  Company,  making  it 

"Compagnie  Francaise  du  Phonographs  et  Cinematographs  Edison". 

This  is  in  accordance  with  understanding  between 
Hr.  Dyer  and  Mr-  Graf  when  Mr.  Dyer  was  in  Europe. 

I.  W.  V/. 


Thomas  A.  Edison, Inc 

Orange  ,N.  J.,U.  S.  A. 

Edison  Phonographs  and  Records 
Edison  Primary  Batteries 
Edison  Kinetoscopes  andMotion  Picture  Films 
Edison  Dictating  Machines 
Edison  Home  Kinetoscopes  and 
Motion  Picture  Films 

November  9,  1912. 

To  the  Stockholders  of 

Corapagnie  Pranoaise  du  Phonographs  Edison, 

Paris,  Prance. 


I  hereby  resign  as  Direotor  of  Compagnie  Prencaise 
du  Phonographs  Edison,  to  take  effoct  immediately. 

Yours  very  truly. 


to9o>vU" to 




THOMAS  A.  EDISON,  Incorporated 

Jtrno  17,  1913. 

Up.  Uaurioo  lohmann;  Honagor, 

Ooopagnlo  Froncalso  ffitioma  A.  Eel  eon, 

61  Hue  doe  Betitos  Ecnrrloa, 

Perlo,  ftranoo. 

Boar  Sir: 

Up.  Edison' b  Kinotophono  han  now  toon  ao  far  oomor- 
clally  developed  that  the  monufaotoro  of  It  In  suoh  quantities 
ao  may  bo  commercially  required  oen  bo  undortolam. 

Although  In  Fxanoo  thoro  la  no  domond  for  talking 
motion  ploturoa  at  the  prooont  time,  this  bolng  lndloatod  by 
tho  foot  that  Gaumont,  who  la  on  the  spot  and  has  been  wilting 
and  spooking  about  his  talking  motion  pictures  for  sovoral 
yoare,  la  showing  his  apparatus,  1  believe,  In  one  thoatre 
only,  wo  novortholooo  fool  that  this  business  oon  be  dovolopod 
in  Pronae*  end  wo  wioh  to  bo  so  prepared  that  ao  soon  as  bnoi- 
nosa  dooo  ootually  ootanonoo  to  develop,  wo  will  bo  ablo  to 
furnish  all  tho  apparatus  whioh  we  may  need  for  Franco  and 
supply  all  tho  apparatus  oovorod  by  patents  with  as  little 
daisy  as  possible,  not  from  abroad,  bat  make  It  In  ffstsflea. 

Eor  this  purpose  we  have  had  a  model  of  tho  patented  mnrWriwA 
made  horo,  whioh  Ur.  Graf  will  hand  you  whon  ho  goto  to 
Europe,  or  which  may  ho  oont  you  diroot  from  hors,  aooorfllag 
to  the  doololon  reached  byour  pooplo  horo  within  a  day  or 
so.  It  win  bo  noQOBsary  to  have  this  model  ooplod  in  Paris, 


Ur.  Itaorloo  lohmonn-  2. 

and  you  should  aloo  obtain  quotations  In  lots  of  10,  60 
and. 100.  She  apparatus  should  preferably  ho  maao  hy  two  or 
three  separate  makers ,  In  order  that  the  oomploto  apparatua 
may  not  ho  In  any  ono  meltor’s  hands. 

At  the  present  moment  wo  do  not  nood  any  of  this 
apparatus  In  Franco,  as  wo  are  not  sufficiently  prepared  to 
introduce  the  Klnotophone  in  Franco,  our  offorfcs  to  raise  tba 
capital  nooessaiy  having  so  far  boon  unsuooossful.  Hovertlie- 
leos,  wo  aro  hopeful  of  mooting  with  nuooess  within  the  nest 
fow  monthB,  and  1  thoroforo  think  it  wise  that  you  have  on 
hand,  eo  soon  co  possible,  a  sufficient  quantity  of  the  appa¬ 
ratus  to  begin  with.  1  consider  tho  maximum  number  that  will 
over  bo  required  in  Franco  to  be  approximately  100,  as  the  oost 
of  malting  the  films  and  records  Is  at  present  so  high  that  only 
a  selected  number  of  thoatros  oan  afford  tho  price  for  the  some. 
At  tho  start  we  shall  require  ten  oopios  of  the  apparatus. 

Hho  apparatus  most  be  of  f irst-olass  material  end 
workmanship,  but  you  should  obtain  as  low  a  quotation  as  posBi- 
hio.  2ho  cost  to  us  for  malting  is  approx¬ 

imately  §/z.o,e©Bnd  you  Bhould  endeavor  to  havo  them  mado  as 
cheaply  or  cheaper  in  Franoo. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Vioo-yres.  &  Oen.  %r. 


MY  2  7  th- 1915 1 

Mr.  Shorn!; s  Graf,  Managing  Director. 
Edison  Gesellschaft,  M.  B.  H. 
Yorokstr.  3, 

Berlin,  s.  \7. ,  48,  Germany. 

My  deer  Mr.  Graf 

.» „•  .  ..  ,  *  acknowledge  with-  thanks  roooipt  of  your 

3rd  instant, _  onolosin.!?  copies  of  tho  Minutes  of 
lonQ‘Iell211  ^omPany.  covering  a  period  of  time 
fiom  March  27uh-1909  tip  to  August  lst-1914,  inclusive.  I 
no„e  that  copies  of  ninutos  of  other  meetings  will  follow. 

I  am  very  much  obliged  to  you  for  giving  this  matter  your 
attention  and  I  will  bo  pleased  to  have  all  these  on  file  here. 

'  „  ,  ,  I  am  somewhat  disappointed  in  learning 

Fdieon^Vnnn-no  i°  V+Pirin.i 19th*  wJloh  1  t1ul?  roooiVGd,  that  the 
Edison  Gesellschaft  held  no  meetings,  and  that,  consoouontly 
no  minutes  can  be  produced,  as  the  law  in  Germany  did  not  ’ 
require  anything  of  this  kind  from  companies  with  limited 
liability.  It  soeras  strange  that  any  business  could  be 
.  transacted  without  having  some  official  records  to  refer  to 
from  time^to  time,  and  I  o:cpoctcd  to  get  copies  of  minutos 
from  the  vorman  Company  similar  to  “those  you  have  sent  mo  from 
the  French  Company. 

Very  truly  yours, 



Secretary  &  froasurer. 


son-Qesellschait  m.  b.  H. 

BERLIN  SW.  48. 

C  o  p  i  e 

Le  vingt  sept  Mars  1909  le  oonseil  d' administration  s'est 
reuni^  dans  ses  bureaux  aux  42  rue  de  Paradis,  Paris  a  onse  heures 
du  matin  et  a  decider  d'appeler  l'Assemblee  Generale  pour  statuer 
sur  l'approbation  des  comptes  de  l'annee  1908  pour  Jeudi  27  Mai  1909. 

Mr.  Galloway  donne  sa  demission  comme  administrateiu1  dele- 
gue  de  la  Compagnie  pour  le  1  Juillet  1909  et  offre  de  preter  ses 
services  pour  quelques  jours  apres  cette  date  pour  mettre  son 
successeur  au  courant.  Les  autres  administrateurs  de  la  Compagnie 
ont  accepts  sa  demission. 

signed  Thomas  Graf 
"  G.  Croydon  Marks 

"  Reginald  Galloway. 



On  the  27th  March  1909  the  Board  of  Directors  held  a  meeting 
in  its  offices  42  rue  deParadis,  Paris  at  11  a.m.  to  decide  on  the 
convocation  of  a  Genoral  Meeting  to  examine  the  accounts  for 
the  year  1908,  to  bo  held  27th  .’Jay  1909. 

Mr.  Galloway  hands  his  resignation  as  administrates  del egue 
of  the. company  to  take  effect  the  1st  July  1909  and  offers  to 
give  his  services  for  a  oouple  of  days  after  that  date  to 
break  in  his  suoessor.  The  other  directors  of  the  company  have 
accepted  his  resignation. 

signed  Thomas  Graf 
"  G.  Croydon  Marks 

"  Reginald  Galloway 


Edlson-Qesellschaft  m.  b.  H. 

BERLIN  SW.  48. 

C  o  p  i  e 

L'an  190?  le  sept  Juillet  a  dix  heures  du  matin 
la  Conseil  d'Administration  de  la  Compagnie  Fran?aise  du 
Phonographs  Edison  s'est  reuni/  au  siege  social,  42  Rue  Paradis  a 

Etaient  presents: 

Mens.  Thomas  Graf,  President 
"  Croydon  Marks 

I  Resolution  Monsieur  le  President  propose  de  nommer  Mi’.  Maurice  Lehmann, 

17  Rue  de  l'Aqueduc  a  Paris,  Administrates  provisoire  de  la  Cie. 
pour  completer  le  Conseil.  Cette  proposition  mise  aux  voix,  est 
adoptee  a  la  majorite.  Mr.  Lehmann  introduit,  declare  accepter  les 
fonctions  quilui  sont  confieB.  Le  conseil  est  informs  que  Mr. 
Lehmann  a  fait  acquisition  de  deux  actions  de  notre  Cie.  qui  lui 
ont  ete  cedees  par  Mr.  R.  Gallowuy. 

II  Resolution  Mr.  le  President  propose  de  noiuner  Mr.  Lehmann  Administra- 

teur  delegaee  de  la  Cie.  et  de  lui  donner  les  pouvoirs  suivants  en 
vertu  de  1' article  4  des  statute  de  la  Cie  de  recevoir  toutes  souffles 
dues  a  la  Cie,  de  creer,  signer,  acquitter,  avaliser,  endosser  tous 
effets  du  commerce  et  de  tous  cheques,  ainsi  que  tous  refUB,  quit¬ 
tances,  bons  et  mandats  sur  toutes  caisse  publique  ou  privee. 

Oette  proposition  mise  aux  voix  a  ete  adoptee  par  la  majo¬ 
rite.  Mr.  Lehmann  declare  accepter  les  fonctions  d 1 Adminsstrateur 
Deleguee.  • 

III  Resolution  Mr.  le  President  propose  qu'une  Asserablee  Generale  extraor¬ 

dinaire  soit  convoquee  pour  le  20  Juillet  1909  a  dix  h.  du  matin 
a  l'effet  de  deliberer  but  les  modifications  a  apporter  dans  l'Ad- 
ministration  de  la  Societe. 

Cette  proposition  est  mise  aux  voix  et  est  adoptee  a  la  ma¬ 
jorite.  Rien  n'etant  plus  a  l'ordre  du  jour  la  Beance  est  levee. 

signed  G.  Croydon  Marks 
v  Thomas  Graf. 



On  the  7th  July  1909  at  10  a.m. 

The  Board  of  Directors  of  the  Compagnie  Pranqaise  Thomas  A.  Edison 
held  a  meeting  at  their  premises  42  rue  Paradis  at  Paris. 

Present  i  Mr-  Thomas  Graf,  President 
Mr.  G.  Croydon  Marks 

I  Resolution.  The  President  proposes  to  name  Mr.  Maurice  Lehmann,  17 
ruo  de  l'Aquedue  at  Paris,  provisional  administrator  of  the  company 
so  as  to  complete  the  Board  of  Directors.  This  proposal  was  adopted 

fcy  the  majority.  Mr.  Lehmann  upon  Being  introduced,  deolares  aoeepting 
the  functions  entrusted  to  him.  The  Board  is  informed  that  Mr.  Lehmann 
has  acquired  two  shares  of  our  company  which  have  been  transferred  to 

him  by  Mr.  Galloway, 

II  Hesolution.  The  President  proposes  to  name  Mr.  Lehmann  Administrateur 
delSgu.6  of  the  Company  and  to  give  him  the  following  powers  as  per  artiole 
4  of  the  statutes  of  the  Co.  to  reoeive  all  monies  due  to  the  company, 

to  create,  sign,  reoeipt, ,  endorse  all  drafts  and  cheques,  as  well  as 
all  receipts,  orders  on  all  public  or  private  banks. 

This  proposal  was  accepted  by  the  majority.  Mr.  Lehmann  declares 
that  he  accepts  the  functions  of  administrateur  de'l<5gu<5. 

III  Resolution.  The  President  proposes  that  an  extraordinary  general 
meeting  be  held  on  July  20th  1909  at  10  a'.m.  in  order  to  deliberate  on 
the  modifications  to  effect  in  the  administration  of  the  company  . 

This  proposition  is  accepted  by  the  majority.  As  there  is  nothing  further 
at  the  order  of  the  day,  the  meeting  is  closed. 

signed  G.  Croydon  Marks 
"  Thomas  Graf 


L'an  dix  neuf  cent  dix  le  H  Janvier  a  dix  heures  du  rmtin. 

Le  conseil  d 'administration  de  la  Compagnie  Framjaise  du 
Phonographe  Edison  s'est  reunis  au  siege  social  42  Rue  Paradis  a 

Etaient  presents: 

M.  0.  Croydon  Marks 
M.  Thomas  Graf. 

Resolution  Le  conBeil  autorise  M.  Lehmann,  Adrninistrateur-delegue, 
a  se  porter  partie  civile  pour  et  au  nom  de  la  Ccmpagnie  Franpaise 
du  Phonographe  Edison  sur  la  plainte  deposes  entre  les  mains  du 
Procureur  de  la  Republique,  contre  M.  Jules  Dupouy  agent  de  Re- 
couvrements  demeureant  a  Paris,  Rue  St.  Georges  No. 52;  en  con¬ 
sequence,  il  autorise  M.  Lehmann  a  signer  a  cet  effet  touu  re- 
gistres  declaration  cu  pieces,  ausai  bien  qu'a  se  faire  reprdsen- 
ter  par  tous  avoues  et  avocats  de  son  choix. 

Pour  capic  certifiee  conforms. 

signed  G.  Croydon  Marks 
"  Thomas  Graf 


On  January  11th  1910  at  10  a.m. 

The  Board  of  Directors  of  the  Compagnie  Franqaise  du  Phonographs 
Edison  has  held  a  meeting  at  their  premises  42  rue  Paradis ,  at 

Present  i 

Mr.  G.  Croydon  Marks 
Hr.  Thomas  Graf 

.Resolution,  The  Board  authorises  Mr.  lelimann,  Admlnistrateur-del6gu6, 
to  act  for  and  in  the  name  of  the  Compagnie  Pran^aise  du  Phonographs 
Edison  in  the  suit  placed  in  the  hands  of  the  Public  Prosecutor  of 
the  Hepubllo,  against  Mr*  Jules  Dupouy  ,  Agent  for  the  recovery. of 
outstanding  monies,  located  at  Paris,  rue  St .Georges  52  ;  consequently 
authorises  Mr.  Lehmann  to  sign  to  that  effect  all  registers,  declarations 
or  documents,  and  to  name  lawyers  or  solicitors  to  represent  him. 
Certified  copy  as  per  original. 

signed  G.  Croydon  Marks 
"  Thomas  Graf 


Edison-Gcsellschaft  m.  b.  H. 
BERLIN  SW.  48. 


L'an  dix  neuf  cent  dix  le  quatre  Juin  le  matin  a  10  heures 
le  conseil  d'adminiatration  de  la  Compagnie  Fran?aise  du  Phono¬ 
graphs  Edison  s'eBt  reunis  au  siege  Bociale  64  Rue  de  Cormeille  a 

Etaient  presents 

Mess.  Thomas  Graf,  President 
"  G.  Croydon  Marks,  Adminiatrateur 

"  M.  Lehmann,  Secretaire. 

I  Resolution  Le  conseil  decide  de  conferer  i 

.  G.  Croydon  Marks  le  pou- 

I.d'agir  pour  le  ccrnpte  de  la  Compagnie  de  regler  le  prpcea 
en  ccurs  entre  la  Compagnie  Franpaise  du  Phonographs  Edi¬ 
son,  Cinemgtographes  etappareils  de  Precision  98  Rue  de 
Richelieu  a  Paris,  de  plus  de  signer  et  accepter .tous  actes 
necessaires  pour  retirer  ou  renouveller  |es  procedures, 
de  recevoir  tous  montants,  d'acquitter  et  de  remplir  telles 
fonctions  neceBsaires  dans  cette  affaire. 

II.  D'assigner  et  transferer  a  toutes  personnea,  aux.prix, 
changes  et  conditions  que  le  dit  adipinistrateur  decidpra 
en  ce  qui  concerne  tous  lea  droits  a  la  ppopriete  et  a 
1' exploitation  des  deux  brevets  accordes  a  Mess.  Clin- 
champ,  Deabrieres  et  Vezier  le  premier  le  riti  17  Mara  dix- 
huitcentquatrevingtdixneuf  sous  le  No. .286931  avec  un  cer¬ 
tificate  d'avenant  date  du  treize  Janvier Milneufcentun. 
pour  "Un  Procede  pour  la  reproduction  de  surfaces  grarees 

/car  le  son  de  la  voix  on  d' instrument  et  enregistrees  par 
Bes  phonographes,  graphophone ,. gramophone  et  autres  instru¬ 
ments  de  ce  genre,  et  le  dozzierae  brevet  du  huit  Janvier 
Milneuf cent ,  No. 296351  avec  un  certificate  d'avenant  date 
le  quinze  Janvier  Milneufcentfcrois  pour  "Un  Procede  . pour 
la  reproduction  de  surfaces  gravees  par  lea  sons  enregi- 
stres  directement  ou  indirectement  par  des  phoncgrapnes  , 
gramophone?  aixiib[±xx  graphophones  et  autres  appareils  de- . 
stinee  au  ineme  usage"  et  d'obtenir  toutes  licenses  accordes 
en  vertu  des  dits  brevets  aux  termes  que  le  directeur  ausnom- 
me  fixera.  ,  .  ,  .  ,  ' 

Pour  les  buts  ci-dessus  rediger  et. signer  tous  acteB 
payer  et  recevoir  toutes  soranes  en  acquitter  Jes  refus, 
stipuler  les  prix  payable  soit  en  especes  ou  a  des  echo- 
ances  determinees  et  faire  toutes  declaration  et. justifi¬ 
cation  :  a  defaut  de  paiement  poursuivre  tous  debiteurs, 
elire  domicile  et  en  general  faire  tout  ce  qui  sera  ne- 

II  Resolution  Le  conseil  decide  de  convoquer  une  asaemblee  generate  pour 
le  onze  Juin  dixneufcentdix  a  dix  heures  du  matin  pour  deliborer 


on-Oesellschaft  m.  b.  H. 
BERLIN  SW.  48. 

sur  le  Bilan  de  1' exercise  pour  l'annee  1909. 

Rien  n'etant  plus  a  l'ordre  du  jour,  la  sdance  est  le\'ee 
onze  lieures  du  matin. 

signed  G.  Croydon  Marks 
"  Thomas  Graf 
"  Maurice  Lehmann. 


On  the  4th  June  1910  at  10  a.m.  tho  Board  of.  Directors 

•  of  the  Compagnie  Fran$aise  du  Phonographe  Edison  has  held  a 
meeting  at  their  premises  64  rue  de  Cormeille  at  Levallois  Ferret. 
Present  s 

Mr.  Thomas  Graf,  President 

Mr.  G.  Croydon  Maries  Administrator 

Mr.  I&urice  Lehmann  secretary 

1st  Resolution.  The  Board  decides  to  confer  to  Mr.  Croydon  Marks 
the  authority  to 

1.  to  act  for  account  of  the  company  to  look  after  the  law  suit 
ponding  between  th<?  Compagnie  Framjaiso  du  Phonogfaphe  Edison,  and 
Cinematographes  et  Appareils  de  Frdeieion,  98  rue  de  Ilichelieu 
at  Paris,  further  to  sign  and  accept  all  document a  necessary  for 
the  withdrawal  or  the  renewal  of  proceedings,  to  receive  monies, 
to  perform  such  functions  as  will  be  necessary  in  this  case. 

XX.  to  assign  and  transfer  to  any  persons,  at  prioes, rates  and  terinB 
which  said  administrator  may  decide  upon  as  regards  all  rights  to 
the’  property  and  of  the  exploitation  of  the  two  patents  granted  to 
Messrs  Clinohamp,  Desbrieres  and  Vdaiethe  first-  granted  on  the  17th 
March  1899  under  Mo. 286931  with  certificate  dated  13th  January  1901 
for  "A  Process  for  the  reproduction  of  engraved  surfaces  by  the 
sound  of  the  voice  or  instrument  and  recorded  by  phonographs .graphophones, 
gramophones  and  other  instruments  of  this  character"  and  the  second 
patent  dated  January  8th  1901  far  "For  a  Process  for  the  reproduction 
of  engraved'  surfaces  directly  ior  indirectly  recorded  by  phonographs, 
graphophones,  gramophones  and  other  apparatus  destined  for  the  same 
use"  and  to  obtain  all  licenses  granted  in  vertue  of  3aid  patents 
at  tha  terms  to  be  fixed  by  the  above  named  director. 

For  the  above  named  purposes  compile  and  sign  all  documents,  pay 
and  receive  all  monies,  receipt  bills,  stipulate  prices  payable  either 
in  cash  or  at  fixed  aceeptances  and  to  make  all  declarations  and  justi¬ 
fications:  in  case  of  non-payment  of  bills  proceed  against  debtors, 
elect  domicile  and  in  general  do  all  that  is  necessary. 

IX  Resolution.  The  Board  decides  to  convoke  a  General  Meeting 
on  June  11th  1910  at  10  a.m.  to  examine  the  balance  sheet  for  1909. 

Nothing  further  being 
closed  at  11  a.m. 

the  order  of  the  day,  the  meeting  is 

signed  G.  Croydon  Marks 
"  Thomas  Graf 

"  Maurice  Lehmann 


Edlson-Qesellschaft  m.  b.  H. 

BERLIN  SW.  48. 


L'ari  dixneufcentonze  le  premier  Juin  le  matin  a  10  heures 
le  conseil  d' administration  de  la  Compagnie  FranQaiBo  du 
Phonographs  Edison  s'est  reunis  a  Southampton,.  Building  Chancery 
Lane  London . 

Etaient  presents: 

Mess.  Thomas  Graf,  Prf'sident 
"  G.  Croydon  Marks,  administrateur 

"  M.  Lehmann,  AdmiAstrateur-Belegue. 

A s s.embl ee_  Ge ngr al e :  Le  conBeii  decide  de  convoquer  une  assemblee  Generals 

des  actionnaireB  pour  statuer  sur  l’approbation  du  bilan  de  1' exer¬ 
cise  de  l'annee  1910,  pour  Lundi  le  quinze  Juin  1910. 

signed  G.  Croydon  Marks 
"  Thomas  Graf 

"  Maurice  Lehmann 



On  the  1st  of  June  1911  at  10  a.m. 

She  Board  of  Directors  of  the  Compagnie  Franijaise  du 
Phonograph  Edison  has-  held  a  meeting  at  Southampton  Building, 
Chancery  Lane,  London 
Present  : 

Mr.  Thomas  Graf,  President 
Mr  G.  Croydon  Maries  administrator 
Mr.  M.  Lehmann  Administrateur  ddlegue 
general  Meeting.  The  Board  deoides  to  convoke  a  general  Meeting 
of  Shareholders  to  disousB  the  approval  of  the  balance  sheet  of 
the  year  1910,  to  be  held  on  Monday  June  15th  1910. 

signed  G.  Croydon  Marks 
"  Thomas  Graf 

Maurice  Lehamnn 



L'an  dine  neuf  cent  douse  le  quatrieme  Juin  le  matin  a  dix 
heures  30 

le  Conseil  d' administration  de  la  Compagnie  Fran<?aise  du 
Phonographs  Edison  seat  reunis  a  57  Lincoln's  Ime  Fields,  Londres, 

Ftaient  presents: 

Msbs.  Frank  L.  Dyer,  Administrateur 

Mess.  Thomas  Graf,  President 

Sir  G.  Croydon  Marks,  Administrateur. 

Le  Conseil  decide  de  convoquer  une  assembles  generale  des 
actionnaires  pour  statuer  sur  l'approbation  du  bilan  de  1'annee  1911 
pour  Mercredi  le  dimeuf  Juin. 

Signed  G.  Croydon  Marks 
"  Frank  L.  Dyer 

"  Thomas  Graf 



On  the  4th  of  .Tune  1912  at  10.30  a.ra. 

She  Board,  of  Directors  of  the  Compagnie  Frangaise  du 
Phonographs  Edison  has  held  a  meeting  at ■57  Lincoln's  Inn  Fields, 


Present  : 

Frank  L.  Iyer,  Administrator 

Mr.  Thos  Graf,  President 

Sir  Goe  Croydon  Harks ,  Administrator 
The  Board  decides  to  convoke  a  General  Meeting  of  the  Shareholders 
to  discuss  the  approval  of  the  balance  sheet  for  1911,  to  be  held  on 
Wednesday  Juno  19th. 

signed  G.  Croydon  Marks 
"  Frank  L.  Dyer 

Thomas  Graf 


Edlson-Oesellschaft  m.  b.  H. 
BERLIN  SW.  48. 


59  Rue  des  netites  Ecuries  ^ompagnie  Fran9aise  du  Phonographs  Edison, 

- Paris - _  Societe  Anonyine  au  capital  de  100.000  Franc 

Done  le  siege  est  a 

Seance  du  15  Octobre  1912. 

Presents:  M.  M.  Thorns  Graf  et  Maurice  Lehnann 

Absents:  Mr .  G.  Croydon  Marks. 

Le  conseil  d' administration,  apres  en  avoir  delibere,  decide 
a  l'unanimite  de  prendre  a  bail  un  local  consistant  en  la  tota¬ 
lity  du  premier  stage  d'une  maison  sise  a  Paris,  Rue  des  Petites 
Ecuries  No. 59,  appartmant  a  Mr.  Pansu. 

Et  pour  1' execution  de  cette  decision,  le  Conseil  delegu  a 
Monsieur  Lehmann,  l'un  de  ses  membres,  tous  les  pouvoirs  nooes- 
saires  a  l'effet  de: 

Accepter  le  bail  du  local  sus-designe/,  moyennant  un  loyer 
annuel  de  5.500  francs  pour  une  duree  et  sous  les  conditions  que 
Monsieur  Lehmann  avisera;  Convenir  du  mode  et  des  epoques  de 
paieraent  du  loyer; 

Obliger  la  societe  tant  au  paiement  du  loyer  qu'a  l'execu- 
tion  des  conditions  du  bail; 

Passer  et  signer  tous  actes,  elire  domicile  et  gendralement 
faire  le  necessaire  pour  arriver  a  1' execution  de  la  presente  de¬ 

Ont  signs  au  registre  leB  membres  presents  du  Conseil  d'Ad- 

Pour  copie  conforms: 

Le  President  du  Conseil  d 'Administration. 

signed  Thomas  Graf 
"  G.  Croydon  Marks 




59  rue  des  Petites'  Ecuries 
Paris  . 

Compagnie  Pran$aise  du  Phonograph  Edison 
Limited  Company,  Capital  Era  100.000 

Located  at  : 

Meeting  of  15th  October  1912 

Present  :  Messrs  Thomas  Graf  &  Maurioe  Lehmann 

Absent  :  G.  Croydon  Marks 

The  Board  of  Directors,  after  due  deliberation,  deoides 
unanimously  to  rent  premises  consisting  of  the  first  floor  of  a 
house  located  at  Paris,  rue  des  Petites  Ecuries  59,  owned  by  Mr.  pansu. 

And  to  take  the  necessary  action,  the  Board  gives  Mr.  Lehmann, 
one  of  its  members,  all  the  necessary  authority  ■; 

To  take  the  premises  above  named  at  a  yearly  rent  of  5.500  frs 
fur  such  a  length  of  time  and  under  such  conditions  as  Mr.  Lehmmnn 
may  think  advisable  ;  to  arrange  for  the  mode  afld  periods  of  payment 
of  the  rent) 

To  compel  the  company  to  adhere  to  the  terms  of  payment  and  to  the 
terms  of  the  lease. 

To  pass  and  sign  all  documents,  elect' domicile,  in  short  to  do 
everything  that  is  necessary  to  execute  properly  the  present  decision. 

The  members  of  the  Board  who  were  present  have  signed  the  register. 

Copy  as  per  original. 

The  President  of  the  Board  of  Directors 

signed  Thomas  Graf 
"  G.  Croydon  Marks 


Edlson-flesellschaft  m.  b.  H. 
BERLIN  SW.  48. 


L'an  Mil  neuf  cent  treiae,  le  deux  Janvier,  le  matin  a  dix 
heures,  le  conBeil  d 'administration  de  la  Compugnie  Fran$aise  du  P 
Phonographe  Edison  s'est  reunis  a  son  siege  social,  64  Rue  de 
Corneille  a  Levallois-Perret,  Seine. 

Etaient  presents: 

Monsieur  Thomas  Graf  President 

Monsieur  Sir  G.  Croydon  Marks  idministrateur 

Monsieur  Maurice  Lehmann,  Administrateur-Delegue. 

Assembles  Gejerale.- 

Le  Conseil  decide  de  convoquer  une  assembles  generals  dec 
actionnaires  pour  statuer: 

1  sur  le  transfert  du  siege  socials 

2  sur  le  changement  de  la  raison  sociale 

3  sur  la  demission  de  Monsieur  Frank  L.  Dyer,  Administrate ur 
pour  le  deux  Janvier  a  dix  heures  du  matin. 

signed  Thomas  Graf 
"  G.  Croydon  Marks 

"  Maurice  Lehmann 


In  the  year  1913  on  the  2nd  Of  January  at  10  a.m.  the  Board 
of  Direct  ora  of  the  Ole  Franchise  Thomas  A.  Edison  has  held  a  meeting 
at  their  premises  64,  rue  de  Cormeille,  at  Levallois-Perret, Seine. 

Present  : 

Hr.  Thomas  Graf,  President 

Sir  Geo  Groydon  Marks  Administrator 

MauriooLehmann  Administrator 

General  Meeting.  - 

The  Board  decides  to  call  out  a  General  Meeting  of  the  Shareholders 
to  enaot 

1.  on  the  transfer  of  the  premises 

2.  on  the  change  in  the  name  of  the  firm 

3.  on  the  resignation  of  Mr*  Frank  I.  Iyer,  Administrator, 
to  he  held  on  the  2nd  of  January  at  10  a.m. 

Bigned  Thomas  Graf 
"  G.  Croydon  Harks 

Maurice  Lehmann 


Edlson-Qesellschaft  m.  b.  H. 

BERLIN  SW.  48. 


L'an  dix  neuf  cent  treize  le  premier  du  mois  de  Juin  le 
matin  a  dix  heures  30. 

Le  conseil  d 'administration  de  la  Cornpagnie  Franiyaise  Edison 
s'est  reuni  a  57  Lincoln's  Sun  Fields,  Lcndtres. 

Etaient  presents : 

Sir  G.  Croydon  Marks 
Mr.  Thomas  Graf 
Mr.  Maurice  Lelimann 




Le  conseil  decide  de  convoquer  une  assemblee  generale  des  action- 
naires  pour  statuer  pour  1' approbation  du  bilan  de  l'annee  1912 
pour  le  dix  Juin. 

signed  Geo  Croydon  Marks 
"  Thomas  Graf 
"  Maurice  Lehmann 


On  the  lBt  of  June  1913  at  10.30  a.m. 

She  Board  of  Directors  of  the  Cie  Eranijaise  Thomas  A.  Edsion 
has  held  a  meeting  at  57  Lincoln's  Sun  Fields .London 
Present  i 

Sir  0.  Oroydon  Harks  Administrator 

,  Mr  Thomas  Graf  President 

Mr.  Maurice.  Lehmann  Administrator 

The  Board  decides  to  call  out  a  General  Meeting  of  the 
Shareholders  for  the  approval  of  the’  balance  sheet  for  the  year 
1912,  to  be  held  on  the  10th  of  June. 

signed  Geo  Croydon  Marks 
"  Thomas  Graf 

.  "  Maurice  Lehmann 


Edison-QesellscHaft  m.  I>.  H. 

BERLIN  SW.  48.  0Opie 

L’an  dix  neuf  cent  quatorze  le  premier  du  mois  d'aout  a 
dix  heures  du  matin  le  conseil  d' administration  de  la  Oompagnie 
Fran$aise  Thomas  A.  Edison  s'est  reunis  a  son  siege  sociale  No. 

61  Rue  des  Petites  Ecuriest 

1  sur  1' approbation  du  bilan  de  l'annee  1913 

2  sur  1' approbation  d'un  arrangement  entrevenu  en  date  du 
onze  Mars  1914  entre  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc.,  Orange  N.J. 
Etats  IJ.  et  Mir.  uaurice  Lehmann,  concernant  l'usage  par- 
tiel  du  bureau  de  la  Compagnie  Framyaise  Thomas  A.  Fdison 
a  Paris. 

et  decide  a  cet  effet  de  convoquer  une  assemblee  generale  des 
actionnaires  pour  le  10  aout  1914  a  10  heures  du  matin. 

(not  yet  signed) 



On  August  1st  of  the  year  1914  at  10  a.m.  the  Board  of  ' 

Directors  of  the  Oie  Pranijaise  Thomas  A.  Edison  have  held  a 
meeting  at  their  premises  61  rue  dee  Petites  Eouries  i 

1  concerning  the  approval  of  the  balance  sheet  of  the  year  1913 

2  concerning  the  approval  of  an  arrangement  made  under  date  of 
March  11th  1914  between  Thomas  A.  Edison  Inc., Orange  H.J. 
U.S.A.  and  Mr.  Maurice  Lehmann,  regarding  the  use  of  part 

of  the  offices  of  the  Oie  Erangaise  Thomas  A.  Edison  at  Paris. 

and  dooide  to  that  effect  to  call  out  a  General  Meeting  of  the  Share¬ 
holders  to  be  held  on  August  10th  1914  at  10  a.m. 

(not  yet  signed) 

January  30,  1919 

Ur.  Mambert:- 


I  have  gone  over  Mr.  H.  ?.  Miller's  file  of  papers 
including  tho  stock  certificates,  and  also  certain  files  from 
the  offices  of  Messrs.  Stevens  and  Wilson.  The  shareholders  of 
this  oompany  are  as  follows 

Thomas  A.  Edison 
Sir  Geo.  Croydon  Marks 
Thomas  Graf 
Maurice  Lehman 
Paul  Fliootaux 
Louis  Rinay 
Douglas  Horace  Brandon 
Raphael  Hunter-  Brandon 

146  " 


2  ” 

5  •' 

6  " 

18  " 

20  '» 


We  have  transfers  whioh  have  been  executed  by  all  of  the  shareholders 
except  Mr.  Edison,  the  name  of  the  transferee  being  left  blank. 

The  company  may  have  not  less  than  three  nor  more  than 
five  directors. 

We  have  copies  of  the  minutes  of  ten  mootings  of  the  direc¬ 
tors,  covering  a  period  of  time  from  March  27,  1909  up  to  -august  1, 
1914,  these  having  boon  furnished  to  us  by  Mr.  Graf,  the  AUgUBt  1, 

1914  oopy  being  marked  "Hot  yet  signed".  At  the  time  of  the  June 
1,  1913  mooting,  the  directors  present  wore  George  Croydon  Marks, 
ThomaB  Graf  and  Maurioe  Lehman,  Mr.  Graf  being  President  and  Mr. 

Lehman  boing  Managing  Direotor.  Mr.  Graf's  letter  of  H0v.  24, 

1913  indicates  that  Hr.  Edison  is  also  a  direotor.  I  have  been 


is  dead, 

informed  that  Mr.  Lehman/  he  having  left  Par 1b  at  the  outbreak  of 
the  war  to  Join  the  German  Army. 

I  understand  that  it  is  the  intention  to  remove  Messrs. 
Graf  and  Marks  as  direotors.  Will  you  kindly  advise  me  who  is 
to  be  elected  in  the  place  of  each  of  these  retiring  directors 
and  also  who  is  to  be  appointed  to  fill  Mr.  Lehman's  place.  Also 
kindly  advise  what  disposition  is  to  be  made  of  the  shares  standing 
in  the  name  of  Messrs.  Graf,  Marks  and  Lehman  respectively. 

We  are  not  familiar  with  the  provisions  of  the  Prench  law 
relating  to  corporations  and  shall  have  to  rely  upon  French  attorneys 
to  guide  us  in  this  matter.  I  suggest  we  take  it  up  with  Brandon 
Bros. ,  as  they  have  handled  other  matters  for  us  in  connection  with 
this  company,  and  Mr.  Stevens  had  correspondence  with  them  with  ref¬ 
erence  to  the  French  Company  after  the  breaking  out  of  the  war. 

It  seemB  to  be  necessary  that  each  director  shall  have 
two  shares  of  stock  standing  in  his  name,  and  I  understand  that 
these  qualifying  shares  should  be  kept  in  Paris.  I  do  not  know 
whether  or  not  one  or  more  of  the  directors  have  to  be  residents 
of  France.  This  is  one  of  the  matters  on  which  wo  shall  have  to 
get  further  information  as  is  also  the  question  of  whether  meetings 
of  shareholders  and  direotors  oan  be  held  outside  of  France. 

If  you  will  advi se  me  as  fully  au  possible  what  you  would 
like  to  do  with  this  company,  whom  you  would  like  to  put  in  as  direct)* 
ors,  and  to  whom  you  wish  the  shares  of  stock  transferred,  i  will 
take  the  matter  up  with  Brandon  Bros,  and  muko  the  neoessary  arrange¬ 
ments.  I  suggest  that  you  get  Mr.  Edison's  O.K.  on  any  proposed 
change 8. 


At  the  time  of  Mr.  Dyer's  resignation  as  a  director  of 
the  French  Company  in  November,  1912,  Mr.  Edison  indicated  that  he 
desired  to  liquidate  and  oloBe  up  tho  French  Company.  I  do  not 
know  just  why  this  vms  not  carried  out.  I  understand,  however, 
that  tho  Xi’ronch  Company  is  a  party  to  on  agroomont  with  a  copyright 
association  whoreby  stamps  for  phonograph  rocordB  can  be  obtained, 
viz:  agreement  of  February  7,  1905  between  Compagnie  Franoaise  du 
Phonographs  Edison  and  Luc ion  Vives,  as  proprietor  of  Agence  Generale 
d 'Edition  Phonographique.  The  minutes  of  meetings  sent  us  by  Mr.  I 
Graf  also  indicate  that  tho  French  Company  owned  some  patent  rights  1  /in 
the  patents  in  question  being  Hob.  286,931  and  296,351,  granted  to  [  ~~ 
Messrs.  Clinohamps,  Desbrieres  and  Vezierhe. 

Henry  lanahan 

>  7  J  /  ^ 

-L  K  , 

Brandon  Brothers 


IRANDON.rHClnltPA  RB/liB . 

59.  RUE  OE  PROVENfcE*^ 

Paris, uxi  28th  a 

ORANGE.  .  N.J. 

Mr.  Delos  Holden, 

The  Edison  Laboratory, 

%■>'  n 

COMPAGNIE  FRANC AISE  THOMAS  A.  EDISON.  We  have  your’ s  • 
of  the  33rd  ulto . 

Directors  of  Erench  limited  liability  Companies  ban 
only  be  discharged,  or  replaced,  by  a  deliberation  of  the 
General  Electing  of  the  shareholders.  The  Erench  law  does 
not  require  that  Directors,  including  the.  Managing  Director, 
must  be  domiciled  in  the  country,  nor  that  a  Managing  Direct¬ 
or  must  be  appointed,  nor  that  the  .general  Meetings  must  be 
held  in  Erance.  .  ' 

But  one  must  not  dose  sight  of  the  fact  that,  in  inter¬ 
preting  agreements  generally,  the  Courts  have  great  power  of 
appreciation  based  upon  an  article  of  the  Civil. Code  worded 
as  follows  s'. 

"One  must,  in  agreement,  ascertain  what 
"has  been  the  joint  intention  of  the  contract¬ 
ing  parties  rather  than  stop  at  the  literal 
"meaning  of  the  terms;!!- 

Now  it  has  often  happened  that  foreigners,  desirous  of 
trading  in  Prance,  have  formed  Joint  Stock 'Companies  which, 
■though  Erench  Ln  form,  have  remained  p-ractioally  foreign, 
owing  to  a  great  majority  of  foreign  shareholders,  the  com¬ 
position  of  their  Board  of  Directors  and  their  mode  of 

lhe  result  was  that  the  Erench  Courts*  Which  are  some- 

Kr.  DELOS  HOLDEN .  -  28th  April  1'91§, 

what  punctilious  in  such  master  a,  were  able  to  recognise,  in 
the  Article  a  of  Association  and  in  the. working  of  a  Company, 

.  elements*  or  data,'  bf  such  a  nature  as  to’  preclude  the  -re¬ 
cognition  of  such  Company  as  being  really  French  and  they 'have 
denied,  it  such  character.  •  But  .a  decision  in  such  a  sense  . 
could  only  be  reached,  in  any  case,,  if  an  action  was  brought  ■ 
before  the  Courts. 

.  I*1'  present  case,  -we  do, /wot  see'  that  a.  third  party 
would  think  of  taking -any . such  action,  because  as  the  French 
law  would  . not  allow' such  third’ party  to  take  hold  of  the  - 
name  of  "Edison"  (which  is  and  remains  the  exclusive  property 
of  your  Company  and  whioh  is  the  main  thing  in  the  trade  name 
of  your  Company)  any  suit  brought  by  a  third  party  would  be  of  ’ 
no  interest. 

Therefore,  in  this  connection,  it  does  not  seem  to  us 
that  there  is  any  fear  to  be  had.  Whether  your  Company  con-, 
tinues  to  exist  or  whether  it  is  dissolved  by  a  necessary 
decision  of  the  General  Meeting,  no  one  can  take  "Edison"’^ 
name.  That  seems  to  be  the  main  point. 

In  view  of  the  foregoing. explanations,  you.  can  therefore, 
in  our  opinion,  let  your  Company  live  if  there  does  not  ’happten 
to  be  any  urgent  need  for  things  to  be  otherwise. 

Messrs.  Flicoteaux  and  Riney  are  assistants  incur  staff. 

in  the  event  of  the  Company  resuming  operations  in prance, 
we  will  ask  you  to  kindly  remove  our  names’  as  well  as  thoce  of 
Messrs,  tflicotfcau*  add  feiHty-aft  sharchclcUrs.  .  ' 

■  -  3  -  •• 

Kr.  DELOS  HOLDEN..  28th  April  1®, 

We  lent  our  names  at  the  time  with  a  .view  to  facilating 
the  formation  of  the  Company,  hut  we  understood  that,  in.  due 
course,  other  shareholders  would  take  our  place.  "We  shall 
accordingly  he  pleased  if  you  will  kindly  give  this  your 

Y/e  enclose  our  Dehit  Note  and  remain, 

Yours  truly, 

Ootobor  18,  1919. 

Mr.  Alfred  P.  Wagner 


In  accordance  with  the  conference  with  you  and  Hr.  atov- 
ono  yesterday  afternoon,  it  lo  understood  that  after  your  return 
to  England  you  will  go  to  Paris. and  consult  with  lioaorn.  Brandon 
Bros.,  69  Hue  de  Provence,  and  take  such  stops  as  are  neoossury 
to  raako  the  changos  in  tho  above  oompany  which  are  outlined  below 
2his  oompuny  was  formerly  named  "Compagnio  Franoaise  du 
Phonographe  Edison"  and  is  a  Sooioto  Anonyme.  a  oopy  of  its 
charter  has  been  handed  to  you,  and  tho  same  was  published  in  the 
French  official  publication  Petitos  Afflohos  893  innoe  liardi  8 
Moverabre  1904,  Stes  Heliques  Mo.  313.  The  shareholders  of  the 
Company  are  as  follows: 

'.Thomas  A.  Edison  8  shares 

Sir  Geo.  Croydon  Harks  146  " 

Shomas  Graf  8  " 

Mauriao  lohmsn  8  " 

Paul  Pllootaux  5  " 

Louis  Hinay  5  " 

Douglas  Horace  Brandon  18  " 

Bophael  Hunter  Brandon  80  " 

B3D  " 

All  of  tho  stook  oortifioates  oxoept  that  of  Hr.  Edison  ore  assigned 
in  blank.  ‘Tho  oortifioates  now  standing  in  the  names  of  Hessrs. 
Harks,  Graf  and  Lehman  will  ho  turned  over  to  you  in  order  that  you 
may  arrange  to  have  BUitablo  transfers  mode.  Presumably,  there  was 
a  stook  book  oontalning  blank  oortifioates,  but  I  have  not  been  able 

x-°l  <  f  UO 

to  looate  it.  Ur.  Stevens  thinks  that  it  may  be  in  the  Berlin 
offtoe.  Perhaps  the  minuto  book  ie  also  in  the  Berlin  offioe. 

It  ie  nuggoatetl  that  transfers  of  shares  be  made  as 

follows : - 

Of  the  146  shares  now  standing  in  the  name  of  air  George 
Croydon  Marks,  8  uro  to  bo  transferred  to  Mr.  Alfred  V.  Wagner; 

2  to  Mr.  3tophen  B.  Humbert,  31  Washington  Street,  Hast  Orunge, 

Hew  Jersey;  and  142  to  Thomas  A.  Bdloon,  Incorporated,  a  corpora¬ 
tion  of  the  3tato  of  Hew  Jersey,  having  its  principal.  ;off ice  at 
West  Orange,  Hew  Jersey. 

She  two  shares  standing  in  the  name  of  Mr.  Graf  are  to 
be  transferred  to  Mr.  Walter  Stevens,  86  Harrison  Street,  Bast 
Orange ,  Hew  .Jersey. 

The  two  shares  standing  in  the  name  of  Ur.  Lehman  are  to- 
be  transferred  to  Mr.  Henry  H.  Hughos,  of  the  London  offioe. 

You  will  find  out  in  Paris  how  these  transfers  nro  to  be 
made  and  the  new  certificates  issued. 

The  now  certificates-  issued  in  the  names  of  Mossrs. 

Wagner,  Uambert,  Stevens  and  Hughes  are  to  be  assigned  in  blank  by 
these  gentlemen  and  the  certificates  turned  ovor  to  Ur.  H.  P.  Miller, 
Treasurer  of  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Ino. 

1  understand  that  the  Prenoh  oompany  has  no  assets  of  any 
value.  If  any  such  assets  should  bo  discovered,  they  should  be 
transferred  to  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Ino.,  which  is  the  real  owner  of 

Snoh  rooordo  a.  »e  hoyo  „ho„  that  tho  dtrootora 
'•  “l"“-  3lr  Croydon  Uarka,  Thoano  Oraf  „„„ 

haartae  loh»an.  d.oooaea,  hr.  Oral  bolns  Proola.nt  and  Kr. 
lata  „aa«u.„  dlrootor.  B,  prea.nt  Inatr.otlona  ar.  to  hnvo  Ur. 
atevona  a»d.  »  dlrootor  and  Prooldon.,  ur.  downer  mao  Umoclne 
ilireotor,  ana  u.a.ra.  hudho,  M  Ue.b.r«  diroatoro.  mo  noooa.ory 
atop.  ahoola  ho  taken  to  eatko  thoa.  ohmsoa. 

II  no  rooaon  oppoar,  (or  ..otlog  to  th.  oontauy,  „t„pa 
Should  bo  taken  to  wind  up  the  company. 

All  expanses  In  connection  with  this  matter  nhould  be 
charged  to  the  General  Biviaion  of  Thomas  Edison.  Incorporated. 

X)c£&-  Uenry  LanQhan 

C.c.  to  Messrs.  Chaa.  Edison,  Mambert, 

W.  3 t ovens,  Hobinson  and  H.  V.  Hillor 

FBCHi  Mr.  Walter  Stevens,  Vice-President  and  Export  Manager.  S/?AJftWf7*J 

TOj  Mr.  S.  B.  Mambert,  Vice-President  and  Financial  Executive. 

SUBJECT)  Liquidation  of  Gompagnle  Francalsodu  Phonographs  Edison.'  . 

1  enoloae  herewith  copy  of  a  letter  addressed  to  Mr.  Wagner  < 
of  our  London  Of fioe.  signed  by  Mr.  Charles  A.  Konnorley  Hall  of  Baris,  our 
solleitor  also  copy  of  Mr.  Wagner’s  letter  in  reply  dated  June  19th.  _ 

^  Uquldator  0 

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Firsts-  that  Thomas  A.  Edison  Ino.  release  in  proper 
form  the  Frenob  Company  of  its  liability  to 
Thomas  A.  Edison,  Ino.,  amounting  to 
Fra.  383,969.46. 

Is-  that  wo  advise  the  Liquidator  through  lir.  Hall 
that  the  amount  of  Fro.  29,224.07  due  from 
sundry  debtors  oannot  be  oolleoted  and  is  a 
definite  loss. 

In  thiat  oOimootiOn  would  state  that  the  largest  debtor  to 
the  French  Company,  was  A.  Olaudfi,  whose  ao count  amounted  to  practically 
fifty  peroent  of  the  entire  amount  due.  Mr.  01aud6  wqs  at  one  time  an 
Ediphone  distributor,  and  my  understanding  is  that  after  Hr.  flraf  granted 
him  an  extensive  credit  be  became  Insolvent.  The  balance  represents 
amounts  due  by  sundry  debtors,  and  although  we  have  endeavored  to  oolleot 
some  of  these  aooounts,-  our  efforts  have  been  unsuccessful,  she  family 
of  one  of  these  debtors  advised  that  the  principal  "die  gloriously  on  the 
'field  ojf  battle”. 

Will  you  kindly  prepare  the  neaesBary  release  as  requested 
by  Mr.  Hall,  in  order  that  the  liquidation  of  our  Frenoh  Company  may  be 


00  TO  Messrs.  J.  ff.  Hoblnsoz 
B.  H.  Allen. 

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I  am  pleaoed  to  udviso  you  that  the  Frenoh  Company  baa  been 
finally  liquidated  and  as  evldenae  of  this  foot  I  am  sending  you  by 
American  Railway  Express,  insured,  tho  following  books  and  documents i 

Ho.  1  -  Minute  Book  of  Board  Meetings,  containing  among 

other  records  the  resignation  of  Sir  George  Oroydon 
Marks  and  Ur.  Thomas  Qraf. 

110.  2  -  ulnute  Book  of  General  Meetings,  aontalnlng  among 
other  data,  a  record  of  tho  meetings  hold  in  Earls 
in  winding  up  the  affairs  of  tho  Company. 

Ho.  3  -  Stook  Transfer  Book. 

Ho.  4  -  Share  Transfers,  Transfers,  Resignation,  oto. 

No.  6  -  Stock  Certificate  Book. 

Nos.  6)  The  company's  aooounts  to  June  30th,  1914. 

and  7  ) 

HO.  6  -  Balanae  Sheet  to  August  31st,  1922. 

Ho.  9  -  Legalized  and  registered  oopy  of  the  "Gazette  du 
Palais"  January  19,  1923,  aontalnlng  publication 
of  the  notice  of  the  winding-up  meeting. 

Ho.  10-  Report  of  Board  of  Directors  to  the  JBxtra- 
ordlnary  Meeting  of  February  12th,192». 

Nos.  11) Shareholders'  powers  of  attorney  covering  repre- 

to  17  jsentation  that  they  attended  tho  meeting  of 
February  12th.  . 

Ho.  16-  Legalized  and  registered  copy  of  the  "Gazette  du 
Palais",  February  27th,  1923,  containing  publi¬ 
cation  of  the  winding  up  of  tho  Company. 

Hos.  19) Certificates  from  the  Registry  Offices  of  the 

and  20  {Tribunal  of  Oonmeroe  of  the  Seine  and  the  Justloe 
of  tho  Peaoe  of  the  10th  dlstrlot  of  Paris,  certi¬ 
fying  the  filing  at  these  Registry  Offices  of  tho 
copy  of  the  Minute  of  the  Meeting  deoldlng  upon 
tho  winding  up  of  the  Oosipany. 

Ho.  21-  Declaration  from  Thomas  A.  Edison  incorporated 
abandoning  their  olalm  on  the  Frenoh  Company, 
dated  at  West  Orange,  H.J.,  September  S,  1923. 

Mr.  J.  w.  Robinson, 

May  2,  1924. 

Ho.  22)-  Shareholders*  powers  of  attornoy  in  order  to 

to  29^  have  thomselvos  represented  at  tho  Extraordinajy 
Meeting  hold  Deoember  18,  1923. 

Ho.  30  -  Liquidator' e  report  of  said  mooting. 

Ho.  31  -  Registered  and  legalized  oopy  of  the  "Gazette  du 
Palais"  dated  March  19th,  1924,  publishing  the 
discharge  given  to  tho  Liquidator  of  hia  pffioo. 

Ho.  32  -  Oopy  of  same. 

HO.  33  -  Oertifioates  of  Shares  of  Stools:  in  the  French 
Company,  Dos.  019,  023,009,010,  016,  003,  021, 
007,  020,  002,  together  with  transfers  in  blank 
signed  by  the  respective  holders. 

Ho.  34  -  Oopy  of  Statuts  de  la  Oompanie  Frsnoaise  du 
Fhonographe  Edison. 

In  order  that  our  files  may  be  entirely  oomplete  in  this 
matter  will  you  kindly  acknowledge  rooeipt  of  the  documents  whioh  as 
above  stated  we  aro  sending  to  you  by  express  insured?  ?0  insure  the 
paokage  being  brought  direot  to  your  attention  I  am  addressing  same  to 
you  personally. 


0.0.  to  Messrs.  U.  F.  Miller,  / 
Honry  Lanahan.  / 


Compagnie  Frangaise  du  Phonographe  Edison  Records 
Merchandise  Ledger  (1904-1923) 

This  ledger  covers  the  period  September  1 904-June  1 914,  with  additional 
entries  from  1916-1918  and  December  1923,  when  the  company  was 
dissolved.  It  summarizes  transactions  relating  to  the  purchase  and  sale  of 
phonographs,  phonograph  records,  and  other  merchandise,  including  films, 
projectors,  and  batteries.  The  entries  are  written  in  French,  and  the  amounts 
are  calculated  in  French  francs.  The  folio  numbers  in  the  column  to  the  left  of 
the  amount  column  correspond  to  the  numbers  in  the  corporate  journals  where 
the  transactions  are  entered  chronologically.  The  cover  is  stamped  "Cie 
Frangaise  du  Phonographe  Edison  Grand  Livre  des  Marchandises."  The  book 
contains  291  numbered  pages  and  an  index;  many  pages  are  blank. 

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Compagnie  Frangaise  du  Phonographe  Edison  Records 
Statements  (1905-1914) 

These  unbound  statements  cover  the  period  January  1905-December 
1 914.  They  consist  of  a  variety  of  balance  sheets,  expense  statements,  journal 
entries,  and  profit  and  loss  statements  for  the  Compagnie  Frangaise  du 
Phonographe  Edison  and  its  record  manufacturing  plant  at  Levallois-Perret. 

Approximately  10  percent  of  the  statements  have  been  selected.  The 
selected  items  consist  of  annual  profit  and  loss  statements  for  1 905-1 908  and 
a  statement  of  losses  incurred  at  Levallois-Perret  from  January  1907  through 
October  1 908.  The  unselected  items  include  monthly  balance  sheets  and 
statements  covering  only  portions  of  a  year. 


[REDUCTION  RATIO  =  15:1] 

[REDUCTION  RATIO  =  15:1] 


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Begun  in  December  1889  as  Edison's  personal  business,  the  Edison 
Manufacturing  Co.  was  incorporated  in  the  State  of  New  Jersey  in  May  1900. 
Howard  W.  Hayes  was  the  first  corporate  president,  but  Edison  succeeded  him 
within  the  year.  After  incorporation  the  company  manufactured  and  marketed 
electrical  devices,  including  primary  batteries,  phonoplex  circuits,  dental  and 
medical  apparatus,  and  motion  picture  equipment.  It  was  also  responsible  for 
the  production  of  Edison  motion  picture  films.  The  company  had  a  factory  at 
Silver  Lake  (later  Bloomfield),  New  Jersey,  a  sales  office  in  New  York  City,  and 
agencies  in  other  cities.  In  1 905  motion  picture  production  operations  moved 
from  Manhattan  to  a  new  studio  in  the  Bronx.  In  February  1911  the  company's 
assets  and  property  rights  were  assigned  to  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc.  It  was 
officially  dissolved  in  November  1926. 

The  records  cover  the  years  1 889-1 911,  with  a  few  additional  items  from 
1917  and  1926.  Correspondence,  letterbooks,  and  financial  records  for  the 
period  1889-1898  can  be  found  in  Thomas  A.  Edison  Papers:  A  Selective 
Microfilm  Edition,  Part  III.  Correspondence  pertaining  to  the  business  of  the 
company  from  1899  through  1910  can  be  found  in  the  Document  File  Series 
and  in  the  Motion  Picture  Patents  Company  Records  (Company  Records 
Series).  A  finding  aid  for  the  archival  record  group  is  available  at  the  Edison 
National  Historic  Site. 

The  selected  records  are  arranged  in  the  following  order:  (1)  Ledger 
(1900-1926);  (2)  Journal  (1900-1926);  (3)  State  and  Federal  Filings  (1902- 
1 91 0);  and  (4)  Profit  and  Loss  Statements  (1 899-1 911).  The  items  not  selected 
include  two  investment  ledgers  (1900-1913);  a  payroll  book  (1906-1911); 
eleven  cash  books  (1 898-1 911);  a  monthly  digest  of  general  and  sales  ledger 
accounts  (1910-1911);  and  a  check  book  (1902-1908). 

Ledger  (1900-1926) 

This  ledger  covers  the  period  May  1900-November  1917,  with  several  entries  from 
November  1926.  As  the  account  book  of  final  entry  it  summarizes  transactions  pertaining  to  the 
production  and  sale  of  primary  batteries,  motion  picture  films  and  equipment,  phonoplex  circuits, 
and  other  items  manufactured  and  marketed  by  the  Edison  Manufacturing  Co.  Included  are 
accounts  detailing  transactions  with  Edison,  the  National  Phonograph  Co.,  and  other  domestic  and 
foreign  companies.  Accounts  continued  from  the  pre-incorporation  company  are  designated  as 
Edison  Mfg.  Co.  (Old  Co.)"  and  "Old  Company  General  Expense."  Among  the  motion  picture 
accounts  are  "negative  film  subjects,"  "film  subjects,"  "New  York  film  plant,"  and  "Eastman  Kodak 
Co.  royalty."  Other  accounts  detail  sales,  cash,  general  expenses,  and  stock  transactions. 

Journal  (1900-1926) 

This  journal  covers  the  period  May  1900-February  1911,  with  additional  entries  from 
December  1911,  November  1917,  and  November  1 926.  Chronological  entries  provide  information 
about  transactions  posted  to  various  accounts  and  recorded  in  the  corporate  ledger.  Included  are 
entries  from  February  1911  detailing  the  sale  of  the  company's  property  rights  and  assets  to 
Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc.,  for  $500,000  in  stock.  The  three  final  entries  are  in  the  form  of  directors' 
minutes  and  indicate  additional  stock  transactions  between  the  two  companies  and  the  dissolution 
of  the  Edison  Manufacturing  Co.  in  November  1926. 

State  and  Federal  Filings  (1902-1910) 

These  loose  pages  consist  of  annual  statements  filed  by  the  Edison  Manufacturing  Co. 
Included  are  statements  filed  with  the  New  Jersey  State  Board  of  Assessors  (1902-1906);  the 
federal  Census  of  Manufactures  (1905, 1 909);  the  State  of  New  Jersey  Bureau  of  Statistics  (1905 
1909);  and  the  Internal  Revenue  Service  (1909-1910).  The  statements  provide  information 
regarding  capital  stock,  income,  labor,  and  expenses.  Also  included  is  a  legal  brief  filed  in  1914 
dunng  a  dispute  with  the  Internal  Revenue  Service  over  the  company's  1909  and  1910  taxes. 

Profit  and  Loss  Statements  (1899-1911) 

These  unbound  statements  consist  of  profit  and  loss  reports  for  the  period  March  1 899- 
February  1 91 1 .  Each  statement  provides  summaries  of  costs,  sales  revenues,  and  inventories  at 
the  end  of  accounting  periods.  The  products  covered  include  primary  batteries,  projectinq 
kinetoscopes,  fan  motors,  and  films. 


Investment  Ledger  #2  (1900-1907) 

This  investment  ledger  covers  the  period  May  1 900-February  1 907.  A  single-entry  account 
book,  it  details  expenditures  of  the  Edison  Manufacturing  Co.  within  four  capital  accounts  brought 
forward  from  the  unincorporated  "Old  Edison  Manufacturing  Co."Thefouraccounts  are  "Machinery 
&  T ools,"  "Furniture  &  Fixtures,"  "Real  Estate  and  Buildings,"  and  "Film  Plant."  Most  entries  involve 
the  purchase  of  labor  and  materials.  The  "Machinery  &  Tools”  account  is  itemized  according  to 
product,  including  x-ray  equipment,  primary  batteries,  and  a  variety  of  film  apparatus.  The  other 
three  accounts  are  itemized  according  to  location,  including  the  company's  motion  picture  studio 
in  the  Bronx  and  its  offices,  plants,  and  buildings  in  Manhattan,  West  Orange,  and  Chicago.  An  index 
has  been  written  on  the  first  page. 

Investment  Ledger  #3  (1907-1913) 

This  investment  ledgercovers  the  period  March  1 907-February  1 91 3.  A  single-entry  account 
book,  it  details  expenditures  of  the  Edison  Manufacturing  Co.  within  seven  capital  accounts.  Four 
accounts  are  brought  forward  from  the  previous  investment  ledger  and  the  following  accounts  are 
added:  "Automobile,"  "Sales  Wagons,"  and  "Musical  Record  Plants."The  "Musical  Records  Plants" 
account  is  itemized  according  to  product  and  location,  including  disc  record  plant,  Berlin  record 
plant,  indestructible  cylinders,  and  plant  "#24"  in  West  Orange.  Most  entries  involve  the  purchase 
of  labor  and  materials.  Some  of  the  entries  for  1 91 1  -1 91 3  indicate  that  this  ledger  continues  National 
Phonograph  Co.  investment  accounts  as  well  as  Edison  Manufacturing  Co.  accounts  after  the 
organization  of  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc.,  in  February  1911.  The  accounts  in  this  ledger  are  continued 
in  the  investment  ledgerof  the  Control  Division  of  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc.  An  index  has  been  written 
on  the  front  flyleaf. 

Payroll  Book  (1906-1911) 

This  payroll  book  covers  the  period  December  1906-February  1911.  The  entries  are  for 
individual  employees  and  indicate  their  weekly  pay.  Separate  groups  of  entries  itemize  the  payroll 
for  employees  stationed  in  the  Manhattan  office,  Bronx  studio,  and  43rd  Street  studio,  as  well  as  at 
the  West  Orange  and  Chicago  offices. 

Edison  Manufacturing  Company  Records 
Ledger  (1900-1926) 

This  ledger  covers  the  period  May  1 900-November  1917,  with  several 
entries  from  November  1926.  As  the  account  book  of  final  entry  it 
summarizes  transactions  pertaining  to  the  production  and  sale  of  primary 
batteries,  motion  picture  films  and  equipment,  phonoplex  circuits,  and  other 
items  manufactured  and  marketed  by  the  Edison  Manufacturing  Co.  Included 
are  accounts  detailing  transactions  with  Edison,  the  National  Phonograph  Co., 
and  other  domestic  and  foreign  companies.  Accounts  continued  from  the 
pre-incorporation  company  are  designated  as  "Edison  Mfg.  Co.  (Old  Co.)" 
and  "Old  Company  General  Expense."  Among  the  motion  picture  accounts 
are  "negative  film  subjects,"  "film  subjects,"  "New  York  film  plant,"  and 
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expenses,  and  stock  transactions.  The  spine  is  labeled,  "General  Ledger," 
"May  8th,  1900,  1911,  Feb.  28th,"  "Edison  Mfg  Co"  and  "5."  The  book 
contains  373  numbered  pages  and  an  index;  many  pages  are  blank. 

[REDUCTION  RATIO  =  16:1] 


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